Administrative Structure Delhi Sultanate
With the expansion and consolidation of the Delhi Sultanate, new administrative institutions also started emerging.
The administrative structures and institutions introduced in India were influenced by the Mongols, Seljukids, etc, brought by the new rulers.
During the Sultanate period, administrative institutions emerged at different levels – central, provincial and local.
During the Sultanate period, the administrative apparatus was headed by the Sultan who was helped by various nobles.
There were various other offices along with the office of the Sultan.
There was a council of Ministers Majlis-i-Khalwat to assist the Sultan.
The Sultan was the central figure in the administrative setup.
He was the head of the civil administration and Supreme Commander of the army.
He made all the appointments and promotions.
He was also the head of the Judiciary.
The position of the Sultan was always under pressure from the powerful group of nobility and Ulema.
Sultans of Delhi adopted various strategies to keep these groups under control.
Balban kept the nobles firmly under his control.
The personality of the Sultan played a significant role in the administrative structure of the Sultanate.