Indo-Persian Historiography Up to the Thirteenth Century

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Primus Books, 2010 - History - 199 pages
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This book discusses the origin and growth of Indo-Persian historiography with specific emphasis on India's contribution to the literary heritage of the Persian world. The relative merit of some of the works discussed in this book have been analysed in the context of contemporary works/narratives produced in neighbouring countries.  Indo-Persian Historiography up to the Thirteenth Century evaluates the important change that the writing of history underwent as it developed within the Indian environment. Besides a discussion of the methods employed by the early Indo-Persian historians, the book focuses on certain facts that have escaped the attention of modern scholars. Also, for the first time, an important contemporary work, Awfi's Jawami ul-Hikayat-wa-Livam ul-Rivaayat has been examined and exploited for its importance as a source for the study of the history of the social and political developments in the Islamic world. The volume is a pioneering work insofar as it attempts to study the social background and the religious and political ideals of each of the writers included in this book. It aims to fill an important gap in medieval Indo-Persian historiography as it assesses the history of history writing by immigrant and Indian scholars.
 

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Contents

The Trendsetter in India
17
Chachnama and its Significance
29
Hasan Nizami s Approach to the Writing of History
40
Awfi s Jawami ul Hikayat waLavami
55
History Writing in Tabaqat Form
93
Historical Writings of Amir Khusrau
158
Conclusion
184
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Professor Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui retired as Chairman, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University in 1997 and Co-ordinator, Centre of Advanced Study, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University. Professor Siddiqui is the author of several books, including Some Aspects of Afghan Despotism in India (1969); Sher Shah Sur and His Dynasty (1995); Mughal Relations with the Indian Ruling Elite (1983); Islam and Muslims in South Asia: Historical Perspective (1986); Perso-Arabic Sources of Information on the Life and Conditions in the Sultanate of Delhi (1992); Islamic Heritage in South Asia, vol. I (2001) and vol. II (2003); Medieval India: Essays in Intellectual Thought and Cultures (2003); Authority and Kingship under the Sultans of Delhi (2006); and Medieval India: Essays in Diplomacy and Culture, vol. II (forthcoming). His other works include Waqi'at-i-Mushtaqi (1993) an English translation of the memoirs of an eminent sixteenth century Sufi Shaikh of Delhi and An Eighteenth Century History of North India in Urdu (2003) published with an introduction in English.

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