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Rare silver qarari dirham of Zahir ad-dawla Ibrahim (1059-1099 AD), Ghaznavid Empire

Rare silver qarari dirham of Zahir ad-dawla Ibrahim (1059-1099 AD), Ghaznavid Empire

Obverse:Arabic inscription: Qarar / La ilah illa Allah/ Muhammad rasul Allah/ al-Muqtadi biamrillah/ Malik al-Islam

Reverse: Qarar/ al-Sultan al-'Azam /Qahr al-Muluk/ al-Sa'id al-salatin/ Ibrahim

18mm, 2.77 grams. Album 1641 var., Zeno 153109 (same type)

The Ghaznavid Empire was one of the greatest medieval Islamic Empires. The Ghaznavid dynasty was a Persianate Muslim dynasty of Turkic mamluk origin, at their greatest extent ruling large parts of Iran, Afghanistan, much of Transoxiana and the northwest Indian subcontinent from 977 to 1186. The dynasty was founded by Sabuktigin upon his succession to rule of the region of Ghazna after the death of his father-in-law, Alp Tigin, who was a breakaway ex-general of the Samanid Empire from Balkh, north of the Hindu Kush in Greater Khorasan. Although the dynasty was of Central Asian Turkic origin, it was thoroughly Persianised in terms of language, culture, literature and habits and hence is regarded by some as a "Persian dynasty".

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