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Brief Chronology of Khusrau's Life & Times

(All dates are in A.D., and are approximate)

  • circa 1100 - Birth of Moinuddin Chishti who brought Chishtia sufi order to India
  • 1206 - Khusrau's father Amir Saifuddin migrates from Transoxiana to Delhi
  • circa 1250 - Birth of Nizamuddin Aulia at Badayun (now in Uttar Pradesh)
  • 1253 - Khusrau is born in village Patiali, Etah (Uttar pradesh)
  • 1260 - Khusrau comes to Delhi with mother, after his father expires
  • 1262 - Khusrau stays with rich maternal grandfather (an Indian convert), studies Farsi at maktab (school)
  • 1271 - First divan of poetry "Tuhfatus-Sighr" is compiled
  • 1272 - First job as court poet with King Balban's nephew Malik Chhajju
  • 1276 - Second job with Bughra Khan (Balban's son)
  • 1279 - Second divan Wastul-Hayat under process; Khusrau visits Bengal
  • 1281 - Employed with Sultan Mohammad (Balban's second son) and goes to Multan with him
  • 1285 - As soldier, Khusrau participates in the war against invading Mongols, is taken as prisoner, escapes.
  • 1286 - Kyqbad is the new king. Khusrau's Ghazals being sung in his court
  • 1287 - Khusrau goes to Awadh with Ameer Ali Hatim (another patron).
  • 1288 - His first historical Mathnavi Qiranus-Sa'dain is completed.
  • 1290 - Jalaluddin Feroz Khalaji in power. Khusrau's second mathnavi, Miftahul Futooh is ready.
  • 1294 - Third divan "Ghurratul-Kamal" is complete.
  • 1295 - Alauddin Khalaji in power. Invasions of Davgiri and Gujarat.
  • 1298 - Khusrau completes Khamsa-e-Nizami
  • 1301 - Further attacks on Ranthambor, Chittor, Malwa etc. Khusrau remains with the king for writing chronicles.
  • 1310 - Khusrau comes close to Nizamuddin Aulia, completes Khazain-ul-Futuh
  • 1315 - Alauddin Khalaji expires; Khusrau completes Mathnavi Duval Rani-Khizr Khan (the romantic poem).
  • 1316 - Mubarak Khalaji is the king; fourth historical mathnavi Noh-Sepehr is complete
  • 1321 - Mubarak Khalaji murdered; Ghayasuddin Tughlaq in power; Khusrau write Tughlaq Nama
  • 1325 - Sultan Mohammad bin Tughlaq in power; Nizamuddin Aulia expires; so does Khusrau after six months.

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