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Almighty has now taken into his merciful keeping, MUHAMMED FARRAKH SíR,” an able and accomplished writer, named AKHLAs KháN,” received orders to compose a history of that monarch's reign. In the same manner a very ingenious Munshi, one MíR MUHAMMED AHAsAN,” who was surnamed MAANI KháN,” undertook a poetical account of that deceased emperor (FARRAkh SiR), and partly executed it; but the works of those two last-mentioned authors (AKHLAs KHAN and MAAN1 KHAN) have not acquired much celebrity. While that sovereign, who now reposes in the bliss of Paradise, the great MUHAMMED Sháh PADSHAH,”, held the reins of empire, a person named MUHAMMED MUHAsAN,” a very able and intelligent writer, composed, by the imperial command, an account of transactions that occurred during a few years of that monarch's government, and performed the task with considerable elegance of language. In the year of the hesirah one thousand one hundred and fifty-two,” this excellent person died; and through the incapability or

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negligence of his son, the commencement of this work was destroyed or lost. But respecting those sovereigns who governed Hindústán” before the GöRKANIAN princes (or those of TAIMUR's race) assumed the supreme power over that country, some late writers have composed historical works; among which the chronicle, or Tárikh,” of FERISHTAH" is regarded as the most comprehensive and excellent. Next to that we may place the “Tabkát Akberi,” because little had been written before its appearance respecting the history of those kings who had formerly reigned in Dekkan ; and as these two works comprise a general account of all Indian dynasties, the particulars respecting some families are written in a brief and comprehensive manner; such as the history of those kings who ruled in Bengal,” and of the Sind monarchs:* there are however, besides these two chronicles just quoted, several other books on this subject. Among the works that relate to one particular dynasty of the Hind sovereigns,” we must notice

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the “Tárikh Bedááni,” which peculiarly celebrates the kings of Dehli ; * also the chronicle or “Tárikh” of MULLA DAóD BíDER1,” containing a history of the BAHMANíAH princes of Dekkan,” and the “Burhān al Másir,” which gives an account of the NIzáM AL MULKIAH " rulers of AhMEDNAGAR ; 97 likewise the “Tárikh Kuttubshāhi,” a chronicle of those chiefs who governed

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Major Stewart entitles the “Tárikh Bahmeny ” (Joe ejo), “A minute History of the Bahmeny, or Muhammedan kings of Kulberga, in the Dekhan : to which are added, the Memoirs of the Bareed Sháhi dynasty of Ahmedabád Beider; viz. from A. D. 1346 to 1595. The author is not known.”—See “ Descriptive Catalogue of Tippoo's Oriental Library,” No. xxx. p. 13.

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05 jo." J°2 In the original Catalogue of MSS. compiled by an English gentleman in India (and already quoted, p. 38), this work (the “Burhān Màsir”) is thus mentioned;— Joe Joe'. ** ; : J-P -o or a “Chronicle of the Kings of Dekhan, from the succession of the Bahmeny dynasty (vide Scott's ‘History of Dekhan') to the reign of Bor HAN NIzáM SHAH, the third Sultán of Ahmednagur. By Ali bin Yeziz Ullah, Tubba Tubă.”

96 &J) ** 97 ;Se98 Joo. Q-as 8.2% In the Catalogue of Sir William Ouseley’s MSS. (No. 319) a large quarto volume is described as D

in Haiderabád,” and the work entitled “Meråt Sekanderi,”" which is a history of the Gujerāt kings." Regarding the same dynasty also there is a chronicle written in the Arabic language, and called “Zaffer al Wäleh be muzaffer wa Aleh.” We have, besides, many historical compositions on the subject of Sind and of Kashmir,” with records of those sovereigns who in past ages have governed India, such as the “Tàj al Másir,” and the “Tabkát Násri;” ” also the “ Khazáin al Fa

the “Tárikh Kuttub Shāhi,” or “History of Golconda;” and in the same Catalogue (No. 287) we find mention of a folio MS. volume, beautifully written, and ornamented with gold lines, entitled the “Tárikh Sulatin,” or “Chronicle of Kings,” containing anecdotes of the Kuttub Sháh dynasty. This is said to be a rare and curious work. In another Catalogue of Eastern MSS., compiled in Bengal, the editor has seen described a volume entitled “Towaríkh Kottub Shāhi ’’ Q =% Q-as &\}). or “A History of the Kottub Sháhi dynasty, or Kings of Golconda (so), called also Tillung (Jo), and by European geographers Telingana.” This work begins with the history of TAIM (R, and is divided into four chapters or sections, and an appendix.

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de l'hegire ; de J. C. 1257,” as we learn from Anquetil

du Perron (Mem, de l'Académie dos Inscriptions, tom. xxxi.

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p. 379), who describes it as an abridgment of Universal History to the middle of the thirteenth century — an admirable

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10. Jose 2}^*- jo This distinguished poet, as we learn from Major Stewart in his Catalogue of Tippoo's Library, (p. 63) “unfortunately lived at a period when vice was trium“ phant throughout Hindústán. He, however, had the hap“ piness, during the few last years of his life, to see a just “ prince on the throne, whose virtues he has commemorated “in his ‘History of Az Addeen Tughlic Sháh.’ The poet “survived his patron but a few months, and died A.D. 1325.

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