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Memoirs of Faizabad (Part II)

Hamid Afaq Qureshi (Editor) William Hoey (Author)
Synopsis Memories of Faizabad is an English translation by William Hoey of the Persian chronicle Tarikh-I-Farah Bakhsh of Munshi Faiz Bakhsh, who came to Faizabad in 1770-71 AD and served in the establishments of Bahu Begam and Darab Ali Khan, an officer of the former, from 1774 to 1818. His book is, therefore, an eye-witness account of the History of Faizabad. Although he asserts that he wrote this work at his own conviction and got an inspiration to write it after an English Collector of Gorakhpur made enquiries from him about the History of Faizabad yet the internal evidence suggests that, like other Persain works on Awadh, it has also been got written by the Britishers with a view to propagate about Faizabad the facts they wanted to make current and most of the facts and details contained in it are a by-product of the same process. He propounds the theory that the persecution of Mukhtar-ud-daulah and Haidar Beg Khan and their families by the earlier Nawabs was basically responsible for their anti-Awadh policies as Naibs during the Nawabi of Asaf-ud-daulah but it is negated by the concrete contemporary evidence available on the subject. It can hardly be agreed that Haidar Beg Khan and not Warren Hastings was the architect of spoliation of the Begams of Awadh. Despite above lacunas, the book is an invaluable source for knowing the socio-cultural and politico-economic aspects of the History of Faizabad from 1722-1818. Editorial notes and an index have been added to make the book more useful for scholars and general readers. The book basically centers around Nawab Begam and Bahu Begam and their eunuchs bahar Ali Khan, Jawahar Ali Khan and Darab Ali Khan but invaluable facts about the Nawabs and nobles of Awadh are also intertwined. It not only traces the architectural manifestations at Faizabad from time to time but also contains invaluable hints and pieces of information about the edifices at Lucknow, both old and new. The remaining portion of this book is in the press.
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About the author

Hamid Afaq Qureshi

Dr. Hamid Afaq Qureshi, M.A. (History), M.A. (Pol. Sc.) and Ph.D. (History), was born on 2nd July, 1945. He has published 92 research papers on different aspects of the Indian History, out of which 44 were exclusively on the History of Awadh, in the Proceedings' Volumes of the Indian History Congress, U.P. History Congress, South India HIstory Congress and Indian History and Culture Society, Journal of the Indian History, Bengal Past and Present, The Quarterly Review of Historical Studies, U.P. Historical Review Maarif, Naya Daur, Ajkal, Nai Duniya, Saaz-e-Sarmadi, Qaumi Awaz and Hamari Tauheed. He helped 6 research scholars in completing their Ph.Ds. He was Joint Secretary of U.P History Congress during 1985-1988 and a Member of the Executive Committee of the South Indian History Contress (1988) and U.P. History Congress (1989). He is author of Degeneration of the army of Awadh under Shuja-ud-daulah and Asaf-ud-daulah; The Flickers of an Independent Nawabi: Nawab Wazir Ali Khan of Avadh: and the Mughals, the English and the Rulers of Awadh: A Kaleidoscopic Study.

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Title Memoirs of Faizabad (Part II)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8189267019
length 334p., Index; 19cm.
Subjects History