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Maw'dud Ghaznavi

Shahab-ud-Dawlah Maw'dud
Sultan of the Ghaznavid Empire
Reign 1041–1050
Birthplace Ghazni (now in Afghanistan)
Died 1050
Place of death Ghazni
Buried Ghazni
Predecessor Mohammad Ghaznavi
Successor Ma'sud II
Royal House Ghaznavids
Father Mas'ud I of Ghazni
Religious beliefs Sunni Islam
History of Greater Iran
Until the rise of modern nation-states

Shahab-ud-Dawlah Maw'dud (died 1050 CE) seized the throne of the Ghaznavid Empire from Mohammad Ghaznavi in revenge for the murder of his father, Ma'sud I. His brother in Lahore did not recognize him as sultan, but his sudden death paved the way for Maw'dud to exercise control over the eastern portion of the Ghaznavid Empire.


  • 1042 An expedition to remove the Seljuq Turks from Tocharistan and Balkh fails.[1]
  • 1043 Paramara King Bhoja leads a revolt[2] in Thanesar, Hansy, Nagarkot and initially held Lahore for a short time.[3]
  • 1043 Rebellion in Sistan quelled by the Turk ghulam general Toghrul.[4]
  • 1046 Ghur recaptured. Seljuks defeated at Bust.
  • 1047 Peshawar rebels subdued
  • 1047 Recaptured Sistan from the Seljuks
  • 1049 Captured Bamiyan

Maw'dud inherited an empire whose entire western half was overrun by the Seljuks and was battling to continue existing. During his reign the further reaches of the Indian conquests and vassal states also broke away. Maw'dud was able to hold on to his Afghan realms and Indus valley territories while stabilizing while pushing north into central Asia and stabilizing his western front with the Seljuks.

Keikavus ibn Iskandar ibn Qabus, author of the Qabus nama, was a guest at Maw'dud's court for seven to eight years.[5]

See also


  • Ferishta, History of the Rise of Mohammedan Power [1]

Preceded by:
Ghaznavid Ruler
Followed by:
Ma'sud II
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