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Sultan of Delhi (r.1211-36). The son-in-law of Qutb-ud-Din, the founder of the Delhi sultanate, he consolidated Muslim rule in northern India. A gifted statesman and fine administrator, Iltutmish transformed Delhi from a minor fortress town into an imperial capital. Iltutmish's sons were incompetent, and he wished to be succeeded by his daughter Raziyya. However, she could not establish her authority and was deposed in 1240, after which the dynasty went into decline.

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