Lodi (Pashtun tribe)
|This article does not cite any sources. (September 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
In the 15th century, a branch of the Lodi's founded the Lodi dynasty. Lodi (Persian: لودی) (Pashto: لودي) is a tribe mainly found in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan. The Lodi's were the first Pashtun tribe to rule India.
Lodi (Pashto / Persian: لودي) is a Pashtun tribe of 2 million people, most likely a sub-group of the larger Ghilzai tribe of Afghanistan and Pakistan. They were part of a wave of Pashtuns who pushed east into what is today Pakistan. Often accompanying the Timurids who conquered South Asia, the Lodi established themselves during the Islamic period as a Muslim ruling class and were valued warriors.
Legend has it that the tribe derives from a descendent of Qais Abdur Rashid, who married a Turkish princess. The term Lodi is said to be a corruption of the Pashto word loy dai (meaning big person)
Members of this tribe established the Lodi dynasty, which ruled over the Delhi Sultanate and included the prominent ruler Ibrahim Lodi. The "Lodi" family name is often linked with the title "Khan" in the form "Khan Lodi" or "Khan-Lodi". Sometimes only the "Khan" or "Lodi" is retained. "Khan" is a title denoting nobility, and does not necessarily mean its bearer is a Lodi or of Lodi extraction.
The Lodi's were Pashtuns who ruled India from 1444-1526. The sultans of this dynasty were Buhlul Lodi, Sikandar Lodi and Ibrahim Lodi. They spread Islam in South Asia, in particular Sufism. They established themselves during the Islamic period as a Muslim ruling class and were valued warriors. The Pashtun Lodi dynasty replaced the Turkic rulers in Northern India. The Lodi's were part of a wave of Pashtuns who pushed east into what is today northern Pakistan. Often accompanying the Timurids who invaded Northern India. Legend has it that the tribe derives from a descendent of Qais Abdur Rashid (the legendary patriarch of all Pashtuns). The term Lodi is said to have evolved from the Pashto word loy da (meaning honored person). Members of this tribe established the Lodi dynasty, which ruled over the Delhi Sultanate and included the prominent ruler Ibrahim Lodi. The Lodi's who migrated to Pakistan after partition speak Pashto and Urdu. Lodi Pashtuns (Pathan) are predominantly an Eastern Iranian people, who use Pashto as their first language, and live in Afghanistan/Northern Pakistan. Pashtun nationalism emerged following the rise of Pashto poetry that linked language and ethnic identity. Pashto has national status in Afghanistan and regional status in neighbouring Pakistan. In addition to their native tongue, many Pashtuns are fluent in Dari, Persian, Urdu and English. Throughout their history, poets, prophets, kings and warriors have been among the most revered members of Pashtun society. Early written records of Pashto began to appear around the 16th century. Today, Lodi are mainly found in Afghanistan and some parts of Pakistan.