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Qaimkhani or Kaimkhani (also spelled Qaim Khani and Kaim Khani) is a Muslim community that claims a Rajput descent from Hindu Chauhan Rajputs. They converted to Islam in the 14th century.[1][2] They are found in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan and in the Indian state of Rajasthan.[citation needed]

The historian Dirk Kolff has queried whether the Kaimkhani have Turkbachcha origins.[3]

Between 1384 and 1731, when they were defeated by the Shekhawats, Qaimkhani nawabs ruled in Fatehpur, Jhunjhunu and Singhana.[4]


  1. ^ Chandra, Satish (2005). Medieval India: From Sultanat to the Mughals 2. Har-Anand Publications. p. 112. ISBN 978-8-12411-066-9. 
  2. ^ Stern, Robert W. (1988). The Cat and the Lion: Jaipur State in the British Raj. BRILL. p. 265. ISBN 978-9-00408-283-0. 
  3. ^ Kolff, Dirk H. A. (2002). Naukar, Rajput, and Sepoy: The Ethnohistory of the Military Labour Market of Hindustan, 1450-1850. Cambridge University Press. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-52152-305-9. 
  4. ^ Weinberger-Thomas, Catherine (1999). Ashes of Immortality: Widow-Burning in India. University of Chicago Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-226-88568-2.