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Shah Shuja
(1616-61)


Positions Held

Governor of Bengal 1639-61


Biographical

The second son of the emperor Shah Jahan, Sultan Suja was appointed governor of Bengal by his father, which country he governed with justice and clemency until the accession of his brother the emperor 'Alamgir and the defeat of Dara Shikoh in 1658, when he marched with a powerful army towards Delhi. He was defeated by 'Alamgir on the 5th January 1659 at Khajua, about thirty miles west of Allahabad, and pursued by Mir Jumla and Sultan Muhammad, the eldest son of 'Alamgir, to Bengal, from which place he was obliged to seek refuge in Arakan, where, two years afterwards, he was put in a boat with all his family and sunk in the river by order of the Raja of that country.


Place of birth: Ajmir


 



 

Sources

1
. R.M. Eaton. The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204–1760. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 1993. 
2. H.G. Keene. An Oriental Biographical Dictionary Founded on Materials Collected by Thomas William Beale. London: W. H. Allen & Co., Limited, 1894.

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