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12.38 History of India: Golconda
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In Volume 1-1: Qurʾānic Literature, History, and Biography | Section 2, History, Biography, etc.

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§ 1021. It was in 1016/1607, according to Sprenger,1 that “Fursī” composed his Nasab-nāmah or Nisbat-nāmah i s̲h̲ahryārī, as Sprenger calls it.

Nasab-nāmah, or, according to Sprenger, Nisbat-nāmah i s̲h̲ahryārī, a poem of about 20,000 verses on the history of the Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī dynasty extending to the beginning of M.-Qulī’s reign (ah 989/1581–1020/1611): Sprenger no. 227 (Mōtī Maḥall and a.s.b.), Ivanow 690 (fine copy. ah 1022/1613 (?)), 691 (“Tawarīk̲h̲ i Quṭb-S̲h̲āh,” an abridgment (?),2 made possibly by Hīrā La‘l “K̲h̲wus̲h̲-dil”, Ḥaidar-Qulī K̲h̲ān’s Muns̲h̲ī, to whom the work is ascribed in the colophon of this ms. Defective and perished copy. Late 18th cent.), Ethé 1486 (the same abridgment. N.d.).

§ 1022. It was at the command of Sulṭān Muḥammad Quṭb-S̲h̲āh, who reigned from 1020/1612 to 1035/1626, that an anonymous author wrote the Tārīk̲h̲ i Sulṭān-Muḥammad-Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī, which was (doubtless only in part) abridged from an earlier history and completed in S̲h̲aʿbān 1026/1617.3

Tārīk̲h̲ i Sulṭān-Muḥammad-Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī, as the author calls it in the preface, or Tārīk̲h̲ i Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī, as it is sometimes called, a history of the Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī dynasty to the end of 1025/1616: Ethé 456 (ah 1078/1668), 457 (ah 1197/1783–1198/1784), 458–62 (5 copies, one described as old), i.o. 3676(a) (ad 1852), 4534 (ad 1880?), Blochet iv 2325 (ah 1082/1671), i 621 (early 18th cent.), Leyden iii p. 10 no. 922 (not later than ad 1680), Rieu i 322a (3 copies, one of the 17th cent.), 320b (ah 1196/1782), iii 957a (extracts only), Bānkīpūr vii 613 (ah 1171/1757–8), Browne Suppt. 243 (Christ’s), 244 (ah 1199/1784–5. King’s 89), Āṣafīyah i p. 228 nos. 401, 374, 680, 790 (“Tārīk̲h̲ i Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī”. Probably not all the same work, since only 374 is expressly stated to be the same work as 401, which is described as written in 1026), Bodleian 277, r.a.s. P. 80 = Morley 68.

§ 1023. Maḥmūd4 b. ʿAbd Allāh Nīs̲h̲āpūrī entered the service of Sulṭān Muḥammad-Qulī Quṭb-S̲h̲āh in 995/1587. He made a pilgrimage to Mecca and also a long journey through Persia. At one place in his Maʾāt̲h̲ir i Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī i Maḥmūdī ah 1033/1624 is mentioned as the current year, but elsewhere a later date, ah 1038/1629, occurs. It seems probable that he is identical with the author of the Tārīk̲h̲ i Turkmānīyah (see p. 234 supra).

Maʾāt̲h̲ir i Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī i Maḥmūdī, a history originally written in three volumes but afterwards several times altered and enlarged, of which the portion surviving in Ethé 463 contains a brief sketch of the reign of Sulṭān Muḥammad Quṭb-S̲h̲āh with a detailed account of contemporary events especially under the Ṣafawīs based on the ʿĀlam-ārāy i ʿAbbāsī and divided into 12 maqālahs: Ethé 463 (portion only, defective at end).

§ 1024. Niẓām al-Dīn Aḥmad b. ʿAbd Allāh al-S̲h̲īrāzī al-Ṣāʿidī.

Ḥadīqat al-salāṭīn, a pompous history of Sulṭān ʿAbd Allāh Quṭb-S̲h̲āh (b. 1023/1614, acc. 1035/1626, d. 1083/1672) from his birth to the sixteenth year of his reign, ah 1050/1640–1: Rieu i 321a (ah 1196/1782), 322a (defective. 18th cent.), Ethé 464 (ad 1807), i.o. 3676 (b) (ad 1852).

Edition (of “Part i”): Ḥaidarābād 1350/1932*5 (edited by S. ʿAlī Aṣg̲h̲ar Bilgrāmī).

§ 1025. For the Ḥadīqat al-ʿālam of Mīr-ʿĀlam (Abū ’l-Qāsim b. Raḍī al-Dīn al-Mūsawi) see p. 591 infra.

§ 1026. M. Qādir K̲h̲ān “Muns̲h̲ī” Bīdarī was the author of works entitled Tārīk̲h̲ i Āṣaf-Jāhī (see p. 594 infra), Tawārīk̲h̲ i fark̲h̲undah (see p. 594 infra), Sair i Hind u gulgas̲h̲t i Dakan, written in 1247/1831–2 (see Āṣafīyaḥ i p. 242 nos. 286 and 754), and S̲h̲ams al-mad̲h̲āhib, written in 1251 /1835–6.

Tārīk̲h̲ i Quṭb-S̲h̲āhī: Rieu iii 1037b (extracts only. Circ. ad 1850).

Edition: Burhānīyah Press, Ḥaidarābād (see Ḥaidarābād Coll. p. 50, where the date is not mentioned).

Tārīk̲h̲ i Qādirī, a history of the Quṭb-S̲h̲āhs written in 1249/1833–4 (and probably identical with the preceding work): Āṣafīyah i p. 228 no. 409 (ah 1300/1882–3), no. 679 (ah 1307/1889–90).

§ 1027. Other works:

(Naql i Jams̲h̲ēd K̲h̲ān), a short anonymous account of the reign of Jams̲h̲ēd K̲h̲ān Quṭb-S̲h̲āh: d.m.g. 11 (38 foll. ah 1246/1831).
Tārīk̲h̲ i Dakan ḥālāt i Quṭbīyah: Āṣafīyah iii p. 96 no. 1178.

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^ Back to text1. Ivanow was “unable to discover the date of composition, 1016/1607, given in Spr. 409” and thought the poem probably earlier.

^ Back to text2. “The author’s name is given (on ff. 3v, 9v, 107 etc.) as Fursī, the same as in the preceding work, and a collation with it shows that both works are not only identical in their arrangement and contents, but even that in the present version there are a great number of hemistichs agreeing word for word with those in No. 690. The connection of both works is beyond dispute, but it is difficult to determine the nature of this relation” (Ivanow).

^ Back to text3. Rieu’s statement (copied by several later cataloguers) that this work was begun in S̲h̲aʿbān 1026 and completed at the beginning of 1027 is apparently due to misunderstanding of a passage in which the author says that he completed it in S̲h̲aʿbān 1026, the beginning of the 27th year of the Sulṭān’s life.

^ Back to text4. Ethé calls the author of the Maʾāt̲h̲ir i Quṭb-Shāhī i Maḥmūdī “Muḥammad bin ʿAbdallâh of Nîshâpûr” and the author of the Tārīk̲h̲ i Turkumānīyah “Ibn ʿAbdallâh Maḥmûd of Nîshâpûr” without suggesting their identity.

^ Back to text5. Cf. Luzac’s Oriental List, vol. xlix, no. 3 (July–Sept. 1933), p. 93, where the place of publication is given as Karachi.

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