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Nobility Under the Great Mughals

Z.A. Desai (Translator)
Synopsis The Dhakhiratul Khawanin, hitherto neglected first biographical dictionary of the great Mughals is a rich mine of information. It contains new and detailed information which are not found in other contemporary and near contemporary sources. It provides not only new information, throws new light on the life, personal habits etc. of even such well-known persons as Nawab Itimadud Daula, Nur Jahan, Asaf Khan, Shaista Khan, Mirza Afrasiyad, Mir Jumla, Sadullah Khan, Motamid Khan Bakhshi, Raja Suraj Singh Rathore, Raja Gaj Singh, Mirza Sultan, Jahangir Quli Khan, Raja Jagan Nath Kachwaha, Fidai Khan, Jahangir Quli Khan, Shaikh Ambiya, Qadi Isa, Mulla Muhammad of Thatta, Suraj Mal, but provides information amirs, both Muslims and non Muslims, who headed the establishments of ministers and generals. The Dhakhira was compiled by Shaikh Farid Bhakkari, a civil official of note. This very important source of Mughal history has so far remained inaccessible to the scholars and researchers for want of English translation. This translation will be of great interest not only for Medieval historians and researchers, but others related subjects also.
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About the author

Z.A. Desai

Dr. Ziyaud-Din Abdul-Hayy Desai (1925-2002) has had an exceptionally brilliant career throughout topping the list of successful candidates at the B.A. and M.A. examinations of the undivided Bombay University. After teaching Persian at university level for about six years, he joined the Archaeological Survey of India as the head of its Perso-Arabic epigraphy section in 1953 and finally retired as Director (Epigraphy) after a distinguished career of three decades. Recipient of many prizes and medals including the Chancellors’ medal, Epigraphical Society of India’s distinguished Epigraphist Award, President of India’s Award and Sir Jadu Nath Sarkar Gold Medal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Dr. Desai has been responsible for establishing the Perso-Arabic epigraphical studies on a sound footing. During his tenure, thousands of inscriptions were copied from all over India and listed in the Annual Reports on Indian Epigraphy and hundreds of them published with texts, English translations, historical notes and facsimiles in the Epigraphia Indica Arabic and Persian Supplement of which he edited twenty bulky issues. Dr. Desai is the author of a dozen and a half works and of more than 350 articles on Indo-Muslim history, art, architecture and numismatics, Indo-Persian literature, old Urdu (Gujari Language). Etc.

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Bibliographic information

Title Nobility Under the Great Mughals
Author Z.A. Desai
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175741473
length xxx+282p., Index; 29cm.