The Ghaznavid dynasty (Persie: غزنویان ġaznaviyān) wis a Persianate Muslim dynasty o Turkic mamluk origin at their greatest extent rulin lairge pairts o Iran, Afghanistan, much o Transoxiana, an northwast Indian subcontinent frae 977–1186.
Ghaznavid Empire at its greatest extent in 1030 C.E.
Persie (offeecial an coort leid; lingua franca)|
|Khusrau Malik (last)|
|Abu'l-Hasan Isfaraini (first mentioned)|
|Abu'l-Ma'ali Nasrallah (last mentioned)|
|1029 est.||3,400,000 km2 (1,300,000 sq mi)|
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