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13.12.24 Biography: Places: India
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§ 1538. The Arabic work Subḥat al-marjān fī āt̲h̲ār Hindustān written in 1177/1763–4 by Mīr G̲h̲ulām-ʿAlī “Āzād” Bilgrāmī has already been described (no. 1162, Arabic works (2) supra). It can relevantly be mentioned here, since the second faṣl, containing biographies of Indian scholars, has been translated into Persian (see no. 1162, Arabic works (2), last par. supra).

§ 1539. M. ʿAbd al-S̲h̲akūr commonly called Raḥmān ʿAlī b. Ḥakīm S̲h̲ēr ʿAlī1 was born in 1244/1829 at Aḥmadābād Nārah. After his father’s death he was brought up by an elder brother at Fatḥpūr. In 1267/1851 he went to the Central Indian State of Rēwān (otherwise Rewa), where the eldest son of the Hindu Rājah, disliking his name ʿAbd al-S̲h̲akūr, changed it to Raḥmān ʿAlī. Having held various offices, including those of Civil Judge and Magistrate of the First Class, he became in 1284/1867–8 a member of the Council of the State. In 1887 he received from the Government of India the title of K̲h̲ān Bahādur. He wrote a number of works, most of them in Urdu.

Tad̲h̲kirah i ʿulamāʾ i Hind, or Tuḥfat al-fuḍalāʾ fī tarājim al-kumalāʾ, biographies of ancient and modern Indian scholars:

Edition: Lucknow 1894°*.

[Raḥmān ʿAlī pp. 258–61; M. Idrīs p. 26.]

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^ Back to text1. For a notice of Ḥakīm S̲h̲ēr ʿAlī see Raḥmān ʿAlī p. 89.

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“13.12.24 Biography: Places: India”, in: Storey Online, Charles Ambrose Storey. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
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