A Descriptive Catalogue of the Historical Manuscripts in the Arabic and Persian Languages, Preserved in the Library of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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J.W. Parker & son, 1854 - 160 pages
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Page 125 - ... for the same reason. The Mughal Emperor professed as the cause of his prohibition that the cultivation of inward piety was preferable to the ostentatious display of his achievements. Elphinstone observes of this strange prohibition that the Emperor not only discontinued the- regular annals of the empire, which had before been kept by a regular historiographer, but so effectually put a stop to all records of his transactions, that from the eleventh year of his reign the course of events can only...
Page 97 - Ali Yazdi, and our author was present at the conference. Two years afterwards he became attached to the person of the Sultan Abu Sa'id, who treated him with the greatest honour; and in AH 863 (AD 1458), when Sultan Husain Bahadur undertook an expedition into Jurjan, our author, who had been sent on a mission into that part of the country, had an opportunity of witnessing most of the events of the war.
Page 123 - He was sent to join his father in Kashmir while he was governor there. He was afterwards daroghd-i ddgh, and subsequently emp'oyed in a more congenial office in the Imperial Library. "He inherited his father's talents and good qualities, and is said even to have surpassed him in ability. He was witty and of agreeable manners, and was one of the intimate friends of Shah Jahan. Latterly he retired from office, and settled in Kashmir, where he died in AH 1077 (AD 1666). In addition to the history of...
Page 31 - Safa is very unequal in its execution, some portions being composed in great detail, and others more compendiously. It is most copious in what concerns the kings of Persia. CONTENTS Introduction. — On the study of History in general, and its advantages, especially to Rulers. Book I. — Gives an account of the Creation of the World, and of the Deluge; details the lives of the Patriarchs and Prophets; and contains the ancient History of Persia, to the conquest of that country by the Muhammadans...
Page 112 - AYEEN AKBERY ; or the Institutes of the Emperor Akber. Translated from the original Persian, by Francis Gladwin.
Page 110 - His narrative is florid, feeble and indistinct, overloaded with commonplace reflections and pious effusions, generally ending in a compliment to his patron. 'Every event that had a tendency to take from his goodness, wisdom, or power, is passed over or mis-stated, and a uniform strain of panegyric and triumph is kept up, which disgusts the reader with the author, and almost with the hero. Amidst these unmeaning flourishes, the real merits of Akbar disappear, and it is from other authors that we learn...
Page 116 - ... given by Muhammad Hadi, the editor, are, I think, decisive as to the genuineness of the larger work. He distinctly states that Jahangir himself wrote the history of eighteen years of his reign, and that he, Muhammad Hadi, continued it from various trustworthy sources to the time of the Emperor's death. I have called it the second edition, since it was edited after the author's death, but it possibly, nay was probably, prepared as it at present exists, by the Emperor himself. That the shorter...
Page 98 - Quatremere passes the most favourable judgment as to the merits of the work, saying, that it is incontestably one of the most curious and veracious histories that have been written in any of the Eastern languages.] l EXTRACTS.
Page 107 - It is written," says General Briggs, " in the style of private memoirs, the most useful and engaging shape which history can assume ; nor, excepting in the peculiarities which belong to the Muhammadan character and creed, do we perceive throughout its pages any inferiority to the historical memoirs of Europe. The Due de Sully, Lord Clarendon or Bishop Burnet need not have been ashamed to be the authors of such a production...
Page 13 - Histoire des Berbères et des Dynasties Musulmanes de l'Afrique Septentrionale par Ibn-Khaldoun traduite de l'Arabe par M. le Baron de Slane.

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