Nasir ud din Mahmud

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Nasiruddin Mahmud
Sultan of Delhi
Coin of Naziruddin Mahmud.jpg
Coin of Nasir ud Din Mahmud
Reign 10 June 1246 – 18 February 1266
Coronation 10 June 1246 in Delhi
Predecessor Ala ud din Masud
Successor Ghiyasuddin Balban
Died 18 February 1266
Burial Space
House Mamluk Dynasty (Delhi)
Father Nasiruddin Mahmud
Mother Fatima Begum (Validah Sultan)

Nasir ud din Mahmud, Nasir ud din Firuz Shah (reigned: 1246–1266) was the eighth sultan of the Mamluk Sultanate (Slave dynasty). He was the son of Nasiruddin Mahmud (died 1229), who was the eldest son of Shams ud din Iltutmish (1211–36) and was said to succeed his father but died suddenly; however, he did become the governor of Bengal. He was named after his father, by Shams ud din Iltutmish, for he had grown an intense filial attachment, to the only begot son of his posthumous child. He was also the nephew of Razia Sultan. He succeeded Ala ud din Masud after the chiefs replaced Masud when they felt that he began to behave as a tyrant.

As a ruler, Mahmud was known to be very religious, spending most of his time in prayer and copying the Quran. However, it was actually his father-in-law and Deputy Sultan or Naib, Ghiyas ud din Balban, who primarily dealt with the state affairs.[1]

After Mahmud's death in 1266, Balban (1266–87) rose to power as Mahmud had no children to be his heir.

Personal life[edit]

Unlike many of his predecessors and successors, Mahmud strictly followed monogamy. He spent most of his times writing down verses of the Quran. He sold the handwritten copies and used the money for his personal expenses. Surprising enough, he had no servants to carry out his personal tasks. His wife had to cook the food for the family.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sen, Sailendra (2013). A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Primus Books. pp. 74–76. ISBN 978-9-38060-734-4. 
  2. ^ Vandhargal Vendrargal. Chennai: Vikatan Prasuram. 2012. p. 27. ISBN 81-89780-59-X. 

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Preceded by
Ala ud din Masud
Mamluk Dynasty
Succeeded by
Ghiyas ud din Balban
Preceded by
Ala ud din Masud
Sultan of Delhi
Succeeded by
Ghiyas ud din Balban