History quiz: How much do you know about the history of slavery in India?

Here is a quiz testing your knowledge of the institution of slavery as it existed in India, the changes it went through over time and the contributions made by it to enrich our country’s history.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2017 5:01 pm
slavery, India, slavery in India, Indian history, history of slaves, Mamluk dynasty, African slaves in India, History quiz, History, Indian Express While slaves were employed in cultivation practices of the North East, there was also the case of the same institution producing a ruling dynasty in northern India. (Wikimedia Commons)

The institution of slavery, in its varied forms can be traced back to early centuries of ancient Indian history. Despite the common ground of labour relations that existed between master and slave, slavery in India was hardly a homogenous affair. While on one hand enslaved women worked as performers in elite Rajput households, on the other military slaves were brought in by Arab merchants in the Deccan. While slaves were employed in cultivation practices of the North East, there was also the case of the same institution producing a ruling dynasty in northern India. As explained by historian Richard Eaton, there was no single story of slavery in South Asian history. Each case was unique and must be placed in their own socio-economic, political context to be understood lucidly.

What is noteworthy further is that in India, slaves did not just stick to their position of inferiority. In many instances, they found themselves the opportunities to rise up the social ladder. While many of them rose up the political ladder, occupying high bureaucratic positions for themselves, many of them also contributed to the richness of Indian history by building elaborate architectural and art pieces, founding cities and developing the socio-economic system in the country.

Here is a quiz testing your knowledge of the institution of slavery as it existed in India, the changes it went through over time and the contributions made by it to enrich our country’s history.

How much do you know about the history of slavery in India

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Which African slave came as a huge challenge to Jehangir’s political career

Malik Ambar

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Barbak Shahzada

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Saif al-Din Firuz

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2. Who was the first Turkish slave to become a ruler in India?

Shamsuddin Iltutmish

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Qutubudin Aibak

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Allauddin Khalji

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What was the designation of slave girls in Southern India dedicated to the service of a deity or temple?

Tawaif

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Paraiyar

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Devadasi

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Which era of North Indian history is referred to as the slave dynasty?

Lodi dynasty

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Mamluk dynasty

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Tughlaq dynasty

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Which tribe residing in India and Pakistan today trace their genealogy to African slaves brought to India?

Siddi

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Gond

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Monpa

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Which historical piece of architecture in Delhi is built by a slave?

Bada Gumbad

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Qutub Minar

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Jantar Mantar

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What is the name of the African slave who laid the foundation of the Habshi dynasty in Bengal?

Siddi Masood Khan

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Saif al-Din Firuz

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Barbak Shahzada

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Which famous monument in Bengal was built by a former slave?

Shaheed minar

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Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque

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Firuz minar

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Which city in modern day Maharashtra was originally founded by the Abyssinian slave Malik Ambar?

Nagpur

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Aurangabad

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Nashik

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Which locality in Hyderabad houses a community of descendants of African slaves brought in to serve in the court of the Nizam?

A.C. Guards

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Hussaini Alam

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Ibrahim bagh

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