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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Nizamuddin, Lodi Gardens, and Safdarjung: Photo 29

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Only one of the mosque's inscriptions is factual. It is dated 1494 and states that this is the mosque of Sikandar Shah Lodi, son of Bahlul Shal Lodi.

Writing about the profusion of inscriptions, Muhammad Ashraf Husain wrote, "The Muslim rulers of India loved to ornament their mosques and tombs with inscriptions consisting of Quranic texts, traditions of the Prophet, Muslim creeds, moral teachings and messages of a religious character from standard authors. The monuments of the Pathan period are more profusely decorated than those of the Mughal period. Under the Slave, Khalji and Lodi kings..., inscriptional decoration was the chief characteristic of a building."

See the Record of All the Quranic and Non-Historical Epigraphs on the Protected Monuments in the Delhi Province ASI Memoir 47, 1936, p. 1). Of all the monuments Husain described, none had as many inscriptions as this mosque, where he counted 130.

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