Malik Raihan Habshi, a African noble of Abyssinian descent in the service of the Bijapur sultans, was given the title Ikhlas Khan. He rose to the position of chief minister under Muhammad ‘Adil Shah (reg. 1627-56), so that he held all the reins of power in the Bijapur sultanate. During the 15th and 16th centuries, African slave-soldiers seized power in the Bengal sultanate, parts of the Deccan, and the sultanate of Gujarat.
"Akbar Hunting," folio from an Akbarnama (History of Akbar) - "Akbar Hunting," folio from an Akbarnama (History of Akbar) Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript Date: late 16th century Geography: present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore Culture: Islamic Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper Dimensions: Painting: 7 1/2 x 4 7/8 in. (19.1 x 12.4 cm)