Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi

 Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi is a famous historical work of Medival India. Also called Tuhfat-i-Akbar Shahi, it was written by Abbas Khan Sarwani on the instruction of Akbar. The work is useful for knowing more about Sher Shah, the Afghan ruler who defeated Mughal emperor Humayun, father of Akbar.

But for his untimely death of Sher Shah who driove Huayun out of India and the weaknesses of his successors, the nascent Mughal empire might have been relegated to the dustbin of history. Sarwani was connected by marriage with family of Sher Shah. Later historians of the Mughal period like Badauni and Nizamu-ddin drew heavily from Sarwani. 

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