Page images
PDF

of whom the “Tárikh Kámel” of IBN Athin, already quoted, gives copious and detailed acCounts. Those who desire to peruse a circumstantial history of the SAFEvíAH,” or last race of the Persian kings, may derive satisfactory information from the “Habib al Siyar,” before mentioned, in which is comprised, with various other records, an account of Sháh IsMáil.” deduced nearly to the time of his death. On the subject also of this sovereign and of his son Sháh TAHMASP," many anecdotes may be collected from the work entitled “Ahassan al Tuárikh,” composed by HAsAN BEIG RúMLú.”

384 or 387 (of Christ 994 or 997) until the year 539 or 542 (of the Christian era 1144 or 1147).

“Jos...}), Khuárezm ShāhtāN. of this powerful dynasty, which began A. H. 491, and lasted until 628, (or of the Christian era 1097 to 1230,) D'Herbelot enumerates nine sovereigns.

75 &#2 The Safewi or Seferi dynasty, styled Soft or Sophy by some European authors. The kings of this race governed Persia from the year 1509 till about 1736, when they were overthrown by the usurper NADIR SHAH.

[ocr errors]

by Sir W. Ouseley in the Catalogue of his Oriental MSS. (No. 346) as the work of “ HASAN RúMLú, grandson of EMíR Likewise from the “Tárikh Aälum Ärá,” which contains, besides the histories of those two monarchs above named, an account of events that occurred in Persia after the time of SHAH TAHMAsp,” and when the imperial standard of Sháh ABBAs,” lately deceased, had been exalted, until the last days of that illustrious sovereign. But the “Tárikh Āálum Ärá" does not display much elegance of style; it is however a curious and useful chronicle, abounding with excellent information. I have not seen any other work that particularly relates to the SEFEv1 transactions since the time of SHAH ABBAs. And TAHER WAHíd,” author of a chronicle entitled the “Tárikh" or History of SHAH ABBAs THANI” (or the Second), has furnished little more than a specimen of pleasing style, contenting himself with the mention of only some few im

SULTAN RöMLū; (containing) the History of Sháh IsMáil and his son SHAH TAHMASP, with notices of the sovereigns of RÚMIEH, the princes of JAGHATái, khans of the Uzbeks, learned men, vazirs, &c. that flourished in their times, from A. H. 900 (1494) to 985 (1577). A most curious and useful work, not only in history but geography, mentioning various places, rivers, mountains, castles, &c. little known. I have never seen another copy of this Chronicle.”

[ocr errors]

portant occurrences, and not paying much attention to chronological dates in noticing the particular month or year. If our intention be to make researches concerning the history of those sovereigns who ruled in Arabia and Africa, we may consult the Arabic chronicles already mentioned ; also the book entitled “ Al akud al 'lúliet fi Tárikh ad'dowlet al resúlút;”* also the “Beghiet al mustefid fi akhbár medinah Zabīd: ” these two works relate to the history of Pemen (or Arabia Felix). But the “ Kitāb al mukaffi al Makrizi’” is a history of Misr (or Egypt). MUsTAFA EFEND1 * likewise, in his “Tárikh,” which comprises a general account of different Muselmán dynasties, has included those kings who reigned in Egypt. And on the subject of those two holy cities, Mekkah Maazmeh” and Medinah Makarremeh,”

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

88 “so --- or, perhaps, MUSTAFA AKTEDI (-5 &') the last word being very ambiguously written.

* 3.x. «. or Mekkah the highly honoured, or the great.

[ocr errors]

different writers have composed a multiplicity of volumes. Now, respecting the kings of Rûm,” who departed from this world before the family of OthMAN 9° assumed the government, I have never seen any particular book containing a detailed account. The annals, however, of this OTHMAN race have been written on an extensive plan; but works containing records of that family are extremely scarce in India. Among them may be noticed the chronicle or “Tárikh '' entitled “Hesht Behisht,” composed by MULLA EDRís ANDALísí.” This book I have examined ; it contains a detailed account of eight sovereigns of the OTHMAN dynasty, beginning with OTHMAN BEIG

91 o, By this name is here understood a great portion of those provinces which now constitute the Turkish empire westward of Persia; it has often a signification much more extensive.

9: Joe This name is frequently pronounced Osmán.

9: Joe Jr. In the Catalogue of Sir William Ouseley's

Oriental MSS. (No. 666), the “Tárikh Hesht Behisht” is described as a most valuable work on Turkish history, by BEDLísi. The name of this work implies the Eight Para

dises. 94 J-49. U-2 i. or rather BEDLísi. See the note

immediately preceding.

Ghāzī,” and ending with ILDERIM BAIAzíD THAN1" (or the Second). Another work, also, we may consult for information respecting the OTHMAN princes; I allude to the “Tárikh " or history of Mekkah," written by MULLA KUTTUB AD’ DíN HANEF1," a chronicle which brings down the records of that dynasty to nearly the year one thousand of the hejrah,” and is not by any means of rare occurrence in this country (India). Likewise MUSTAFA EFENDI,” in his chronicle, has given a history of the Oth MAN family until the year one thousand of the same era," in the

95 ..!: -: -- 96 - - - - 97. - -"Jo to Joe "Jo “go to "“ 8,6 98 Jo- Jo -la. #. This must be the work quoted by Burckhardt as “The History of the Mosque of Mekka, with

which the history of the town is interwoven, called El Aalam hy aalam beled Allah el haram, in one volume quarto. The author was KottoB ED' DYN El MEKKY, who held high offices at Mekka, and brings the history down to the year 990 of the hedjra.” See Burckhardt’s “Travels in Arabia.” (Author's Introduction, p. xiv).

99 Or of the Christian era 1591; but the more exact date, mentioned by Burckhardt in the note immediately preceding (A. H. 990), corresponds to the year of Christ 1582.

100 See the note in page 29.

101 Or of Christ 1591.

« PreviousContinue »