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Qureshi Alla Rakha Khan

Birth:1919

Death:2000

The drum; tabla, maestro who helped to export Indian classical music to the world. He was capable of a frantic and intoxicating energy that had audiences around the world spellbound. He generated a torrent of beats out of which the most complex rhythmic structures would ...

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Qateel Shifai

Birth:1919

Death:2001

South Asian poet. Aurangzeb Khan adopted Qateel Shifai as his pen name in 1938. He published over 20 collections of verse apart from over 2,500 songs for Pakistani and Indian films. His poetry has been translated in Hindi, Gujrati, English, Russian and Chinese. Qateel Shifai was the recipient ...

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Qasim Bey Zakir

Birth:1784

Death:1857

Azerbaijani poet and satirist.

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Qaboos Bin Said Sultan

Birth:1940

Death:2020

The Arab world’s longest ruler who came in an almost bloodless coup.

Elegant, reserved and dignified, Sultan Qaboos came to power in 1970 in an almost bloodless palace coup against his father and reigned 50 years, the longest in the Arab world dominating the political ...

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Qamaruddin Khan

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Death:1748

The son of Muhammad Amin Khan, Wazir and who was himself appointed to this post by the emperor Muhammad Shah, after the resignation of Nizamul Mulk Asaf Jah in 1724. He was sent to oppose Ahmad Shah Abdali, when he invaded India, but was killed in ...

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Qara Muhammad Turkman

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Death:1411

The founder of the first dynasty. The Turkmans of Asia Minor were divided into two tribes, Qara Koinlu and Aqa Koinlu i.e. the tribes of black and white sheep, because of their carrying the figures of these animals on their respective standards. He was ...

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Qasim Amin

Birth:1863

Death:1908

An Egyptian writer. Qasim criticised customs, such as the veiling and social seclusion of women, the wife's lack of power to divorce and husband's unlimited rights of divorce as unIslamic. Huda Shaarawa, a leader of the feminist movement in Egypt, has hailed him as 'the ...

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Qasim Barid I

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Death:1594

The founder of the Barid shahi dynasty in Deccan, India. Qasim was the Wazir of Mahmud Shah -II, the King of Deccan and in the year 1492 he became independent and leaving the king only the town and the fort of Ahmadabad, Bidar, read the public ...

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Quli Qutb Shah I Sultan

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Death:1543

The Founder of the sovereignty of Golkonda. Quli's father Qutb-ul-Malmulk came to India and served Muhamood Shah Bahmani. He was killed while trying to capture the fort of Jamkonda. After his death his title and office was granted to his son Sultan Quli and Talingana ...

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Quli Qutb Shah II Sultan

Birth:1569

Death:1612

The son of Ibrahim Qutb Shah, he ascended the throne in 1581. Quli concluded peace with the neighbouring state of Bijapur by giving his sister in marriage to Adil Shah, the Bijapur King. He founded a city 8 miles away from Golconda and called it Bhagnagar after ...

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Qurratulain Hyder

Birth:1927

Death:2007

Celebrated diva of Urdu fiction. She was at her best in writing about the upper crust of society and the cataclysmic changes that political and economic upheavals have caused in their lives. Writing from an early age at a time when novel had yet to ...

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Quratulain Tahira

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Death:1852

The famous Iranian poetess. She was a follower of Ali Muhammad Bab. When the Bab was being persecuted for an assassination attempt on Nasiruddin Shah, the King of Iran, she was also charged for the crime and killed.

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Qutaybah Ibn Muslim

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Death:715

An Arab general under Khalifa Abdul Malik and Abdul Walid I, who conquered much of central Asia and Afghanistan. Governor of Khursan in 704, conquered Turkmanistan and Balkh in 705, Bukhara in 706, Samerkand in 710-712 along with Khawarezm and Farghana in 715. His successors ultimately were able to ...

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Qutbuddin Aibak

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Death:1210

King of Delhi and the real founder of Muslim rule in India. After his victory over Pithura, the Raja of Ajmer, Shahabuddin Ghori left him as his deputy in India in 1192. He conquered almost the whole of north India and extended his kingdom as far ...

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Qutbuddin Baktiyar Kaki

Birth:1173

Death:1235

A celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi. Khawaja Qutbuddin was one of the most famous Sufi saints of India and was a disciple of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti (1141 - 1236), one of the most outstanding figures in the annals of Islamic mysticism and founder of the Chistiyya order ...

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Qutbuddin Khan Kokaltash

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Death:1607

His original name was Shaikh Khuban and he was the son of Shaikh Salim Chisti's sister and foster brother of Jahangir, who raised him to the rank of commander of 5,000 soldiers. Sher Afghan Khan, the former husband of Nurjahan, killed him at Burdwan in 1607.

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Qutlagh Nigar Khanam

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Death:1505

Married to Ummer Shah Mirza, she was the mother of Babur, the king of Delhi.

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Qazi Nurullah Shustari

Birth:1542

Death:1610

A writer and Qazi of Lahore. Shustari wrote Majlis al Mu Minin, in Lahore in 1604 and Ihqaq al Haq. Shustari was whipped to death by the order of Jahangir the Moghul King.

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Qazi Sayeed Al Andalusi

Birth:1029

Death:1070

Author of Tabqat Ul-Umam first world history of Science.

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Qazi Mujahidul Islam

Birth:1936

Death:2002

India's religious leader and scholar. His fresh study of fiqh and the founding of such an academy enhanced his stature to become later on the chief Qazi of Imarat-e-Sharia of Bihar & Orissa, and as head of India's Muslim Personal Law Board. He also served in ...

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Qaddah Maymun

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Though he was known as the founder of the Ismailia sect, it was his son Abdullah Qaddah ( -874) who perfected the relgio-political system of the Ismailites.

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Qazi Syed Abu Abdullah Al Zouzani

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Author Zouzani was the author of the Sharah Qasaed-ul-Saba-al-Muallaqat, an explanation of the seven celebrated poems, which were written in letters of gold and suspended to the door of the Ka'bah before the advent of Islam. Their authors were Amri al Kais, Tarafa, Zuhiar, Labid, ...

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Qasim Rizvi

Birth:1903

Death:1970

A leader of the 'Razakars of Hyderabad'. A leader of the 'Razakars of Hyderabad', Qasim Rizvi blocked the state's accession into India after the partition (1947) against the wishes of the local population. He fought against the Indian forces during Operation Polo. In his speeches and ...

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Qazi Hussain Ahmad

Birth:1938

Death:2013

Prominent scholar and theologian Pakistan's prominent religious scholar, Islamic theologian, Islamic democracy advocate Qazi Hussain Ahmad was former Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami, populist political party in Pakistan. He became a member of the Jammat-e-Islami party in 1970, rising to head of the party in 1987, in which capacity ...

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