Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah, Sultan of Bengal (1338-1349 CE), was the founder of the independent Muslim Sultanate in Bengal, with its capital at the historic city of Sonargaon. He declared himself Sultan in 1338 on the death of the Delhi Sultanate Governor Bahram Khan. Military conquest added additional territories to the kingdom. An ambitious program of public works, included a trunk road, mosques, tombs and raised embankments to help with drainage and land reclamation. The famous Moroccan travel writer and scholar, Ibn Battuta (AD 1304-1369), referred to him as ”a distinguished sovereign who loved strangers, particularly the fakirs and sufis."