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The Splendour of Hyderabad

M.A. Nayeem (Author)

The Splendour of Hyderabad is the first comprehensive book which recaptures the sublime spirit of opulent oriental life and culture in Hyderabad, where the magnificent, lavish and exotic court, first of the Qutb Shahi Sultans and later of the Nizams, flourished from 1591 to 1948. The grandeur of oriental culture reached its zenith in the latter half of the 19 century during the time of the sixth Nizam and it was continued by his successor, the last Nizam during the first half of the 20 century. These Nizams were reputedly the richest men in the world with their fabulous wealth and were called "Fabulous Mughals".
The history of the high level of grandeur and sophistication is explored by Dr. Nayeem in this, very vivid account substantiated with nearly six hundred historical photographs, which are unique documents of the political, social and cultural life and time of the people of Hyderabad and are unrivalled and unparalleled.
Profusely illustrated the book, an outcome of several years’ research by Dr. Nayeem, is a broad-based study that integrates diverse elements and presents a synthesised panoramic survey of the chief constituents of oriental culture. Of international interest, the Nizam is shown entertaining Kings, Queens heads of states and others with unsurpassed opulence. The roster of the visiting aristocrats included Prince of Wales (latter King George V), Queen Mary, the Princess of Wales, future Czar of Russia, the Archdukes of Austria and Russia, Crown Prince of Germany, King Saud of Saudi Arabia, Shah of Iran and Queen Suryaya, scores of British Lords and Ladies, British Viceroys and Governor Generals, British residents, etc.
In this splendid work the author brilliantly treats the subject chronologically with documentation and in its historical perspective, giving geographical and historical backgrounds along with maps. The wealth and jewellery of the Nizams are described in a separate chapter with rare illustrations from the sumptuous and priceless collection.
Finally the author mentions some cases of the Nizam’s charity and benevolence that rained all over India, Pakistan, Middle East, England etc.

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About the author

M.A. Nayeem

Dr. M.A. Nayeem (b. 1938 at Hyderabad) graduated in Science from Osmania University, took his M.A. in History from Aligarh Muslim University, Ph.D. and D. Litt. in History from the University of Poona. He has retired from the Hyderabad Archives voluntarily as Research Officer and Assistant Director. As Research Officer, Dr. Nayeem compiled and edited two volumes of Mughal Documents. Catalogue of Aurangzeb's Reign, published by the Government of Andhra Pradesh (1980-81). They contain English translations of nearly 6,000 Persian documents. He was Jt. Editor for Nawab Imadul Mulk and Studies in the Foreign Relations of India published by the Archives. Dr. Nayeem's book Mughal Administration of Deccan Under Nizam Ul Mulk Asaf Jah I (1720-1748) has been published (1985) by Jaico-a project of I.C.H.R., New Delhi. His other publications are: Postal Marking of Hyderabad (1967), History of Postal Administration of Hyderabad (1970) and Enternal Relations of the Bijapur Kingdom, 1481-1686, (1974). He has read several research papers at national university seminars and Indian History Congress sessions and has contributed numerous papers to Indian, British and American journals and to the Encyclopedia Iranica published by the Columbia University, New York, Vasco Da Gama E A I; India (3 Vols.) Gulbenkian, Lisbon, etc. Dr. Nayeem was a member of the Editiorial Board of Islamic Culture. He is Co-Editor of Modern Deccan History sponsored by Government of Andhra Pradesh (Abul Kalam Azad Oriental Research Institute), and has contributed to it ten chapters. He is Editor for the Socio-Economic History of The Deccan. He was Jt. Editor of the Archives; Journal, Itihas, including special issue, Temples of Andhra Pradesh (1980). He has participated, on invitation, in the International Conferences and Symposium abroad. Dr. Nayeem's book, Hyderabad-Philatelic History, published by the Philatelic Congress of India in 1980, has won gold medals at Delhi, Tokyo, Paris, Norway, London and Melbourne. His biography was published in the International Who's Who of Intellectuals (1983), International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. He has published series of six books on Arabian history and three are under publication.

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Title The Splendour of Hyderabad
Author M.A. Nayeem
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2011
Edition Rev. & En. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185492204, 9788185492315
length xxviii+483p., 700 Illustrations; 4 Maps; 2 Charts; Glossary; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 24cm.