I live in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana, a state in South India. It is a big city. In fact, the sixth biggest urban agglomeration in India. And more than 400 years old, having been built in 1591. Though there is a fort (Golkonda) dating back to the 13th century CE, and an Iron Age burial site (Kethepalli) from the 5th century BCE. The city proper was founded by a dynasty known as the Qutb Shahis. They traced their origins to a Turkoman officer, Quli Qutb Mulk (of the Qara Qoyunlu tribe), from the city of Hamadan in Iran. This explains the strong Persian influence on the culture of Telangana. The Qara Qoyunlu were a Turkic people who (like many others in Central Asia) embraced Persian courtly culture. The Qutb Shahis retained their ancestors’ love for all things Iranian. More about that later.

Image Attribution: The image above is sourced from Wikimedia Commons and was published by Verlag von Karl Baedeker in Leipzig, 1914 (preserved by the University of Texas Libraries).

Reference: History of Telangana edited by V Ramakrishna