Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi

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The Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi (history of Sher Shah) dating 1580 CE, is a historical work compiled by Abbas Khan Sarwani,[1] a waqia-navis under Akbar, detailing the rule of emperor Sher Shah Suri. The work was commissioned by emperor Akbar to provide detailed documentation about Sher Shah's administration - Akbar's father Humayun had been defeated by Sher Shah.[2]

Abbas wrote the Tarik-i Sher Shahi using his own local Indo-Afghan cultural style not in the style and language of standard Persian.[3]

Modern historiography[edit]

The history of medieval India has benefited greatly from this compilation, thanks to the efforts of K. Qanungo, H. Haig, A. Rahim and I. Siddiqui.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abbas Sarwani, I.H. Siddiqui, The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Vol. XII, ed. P.J.Bearman, T. Bianquis, C.E.Bosworth, E. van Donzel and W.P.Heinrichs, (Brill, 2004), 1.
  2. ^ Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi (1580). "Táríkh-i Sher Sháhí; or, Tuhfat-i Akbar Sháhí, of 'Abbás Khán Sarwání. CHAPTER I. Account of the reign of Sher Sháh Súr.". Sir H. M. Elliot. London: Packard Humanities Institute. p. 77. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  3. ^ Abbas Khān Sarwānī and the Tuḥfa-yi Akbar Shāhī. A Critical Study, Rahim Raza, East and West, Vol. 33, No. 1/4 (December 1983), 174.
  4. ^ Abbas Khān Sarwānī and the Tuḥfa-yi Akbar Shāhī. A Critical Study, Rahim Raza, East and West, 143.