Category:Coinage of the Ghaznavids

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This category is dedicated to coinage of the Ghaznavid Dynasty in Central Asia. The Ghaznavids were a Turkic people who served as slaves in the army during the Samanid empire and upheld orthodox Sunni Islam. As the latter declined in the late 900’s AD, the slave commanders took control of areas on the fringes of the Samanid empire, one of them being the area around Ghazni, Afghanistan. They eventually controlled parts of Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and India. They weakened after prolonged conflict with the Ghorids (despite a productive alliance with the Seljuqs), losing Afghanistan and Iran by 1150 AD. They hung on until 1186 in Lahore Pakistan, when they were defeated by Khusrau Malik.