Dawud was a reckless prince and he soon involved himself in a war with the Nizam Shahi ruler Ahmad who was anxious to bring Khandesh under his rule. Dawud was in a fix.

He could not approach the Gujarat ruler for help as the latter was pressing the claim of his protege Alam Khan. In despair, he sought the help of Nasir Shah Khalji of Malwa, who sent a strong contingent under the command of Iqbal Khan.

The Malwa troops were able to drive out Ahmad Nizam Shah. As a price for their help, Dawud had to accept the suzerainty of the king of Malwa who had the khutba read in his name. Dawud died on 28 August, 1508 and was succeeded by his son Ghazni Khan who was poisoned after a short reign of 10 days.

The confusion and chaos following his death afforded an opportunity to Nizam Shah who invaded Khandesh again to place his protege also Alam Khan on the throne. Thus there were two Alam Khans-Alam Khan supported by Ahmad Nizam Shah of Ahmadnagar and another Alam Khan backed by Mahmud Begarah of Gujarat.


The scuffle which ensued between the two rival candidates for the Faruqi throne led to a war between their patrons and ultimately Mahmud Begarah came out successful and placed his nominee on the throne, under the title Adil Khan III.

Begarah conferred on him a title, thereby confirming the suzerainty of Gujarat over Khandesh. He also married a daughter of Sultan Muzaffar, to Begarah’s son who afterwards succeeded to the throne of Gujarat as Muzaffar II.

After an uneventful reign Adil Khan III died on 24 August, 1520 and was succeeded by his son, Muhammad I. His father-in-law Muzaffar II, sultan of Gujarat, died in 1522 and after intrigues and counter-intrigues among the nobles, was succeeded by his second son Bahadur.