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Ahmed Shah Durrani

founder of the Durrani Empire, considered founder of the state of Afghanistan
Ahmed Shah Durrani

Ahmad Shāh Abdālī (c. 172316 October 1772), also known as Ahmad Shāh Durrānī, was the founder of the Durrani Empire and is therefore often regarded as the founder of modern Afghanistan. To Pashtuns, he is also known as Ahmad Shāh Bābā.


  • Suddenly the breeze of victory began to blow,
    and as willed by Allah,
    the wretched Deccanis (Maratha's) suffered utter defeat.
    • Excerpt from Ahmad Shah's letter to Madho Singh Raja of Jaipur, cited from M. J. Akbar The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam and Christianity p. 129.

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