Malik Ambar – from Ethiopian Slave to a King in India | How He Fought the Mughal Empire | History

Malik Ambar’s story is an incredible tale of success against all odds — of a slave building a new life for himself in a foreign land, and of the Deccan region in India attempting to hold the expansionary Mughal Empire at bay. Mughal Emperors Akbar and Jahangir were obsessed with conquering the Deccan region of India, putting them at odds with Malik Ambar and other Habshis (East Africans in India, primarily slaves, ex-slaves, and free descendants). As de facto King of Ahmadnagar, Malik Ambar successfully navigated the Sultanate through a period of crisis and helped cultivate the might of the Marathas.