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History of India

History of India



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Published by VIMAL VERMA
The foregoing note has described how, sixteen years after Sir Henry Elliot’s first volume was given to the world, his papers were placed in my charge for revision and publication.
The foregoing note has described how, sixteen years after Sir Henry Elliot’s first volume was given to the world, his papers were placed in my charge for revision and publication.

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The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians.The Muhammadan Period
Sir H. M. ElliotEdited by John DowsonVolume I: IntroductionVolume II: To the Year A.D. 1260Volume III: To the Year A.D. 1398Volume IV: To the Year A.D. 1450Volume V: End of the Afghan Dynasty and the First Thirty-Eight Years of the Reign of Akbar 
Volume VI: Akbar and Jahangir 
Volume VII: From Shah-Jahan to the Early Years of the Reign of Muhammad ShahVolume VIII: To End of the Muhammadan Empire in IndiaLondonTrubner Company1867–1877
Contents of The History of India
CONTENTS.Preliminary Note vEditor’s Preface viiSir Henry Elliot’s Original Preface xvNotice of Sir Henry M. Elliot xxviiiAddenda et Corrigenda xxxEARLY ARAB GEOGRAPHERS.
I.The Merchant Sulaimán and Abú Zaid 1II.Ibn Khurdádba 12III.Al Masúdí 18IV.Al Istakhrí 26V.Ibn Haukal (Ashkálu-l Bilád) 31VI.Súru-l Buldán 41VII.Rashídu-d Dín, from Al Bírúní 42VIII.Al Idrísí 74IX.Al Kazwíní 94HISTORIANS OF SIND.I.Mujmalu-t Tawáríkh 100II.Futúhu-l Buldán, of Biládurí 113III.Chach-náma 131IV.Táríkhu-s Sind, of Mír Masúm 212
V.Táríkh-i Táhirí 253VI.Beg-Lár-náma 289VII.Tarkhán-náma or Arghún-náma 300VIII.Tuhfatu-l Kirám 327APPENDIX.PAGENOTE (A).—GEOGRAPHICAL 353KINGDOMS.The Balhará 354Juzr or Jurz 358Táfan 360Rahma, Ruhmî 361Káshbín 361CITIES AND TOWNS.Agham—The Lohánas 362Alor 363Amhal, Fámhal, Mámhal 363Armá-bel 364Askalanda 365Bániya, Bátiya 367Bhambúr 368Bráhmanábád, Mansúra, Mahfúza 369Debal, Karáchí, Thatta, and Láhorí-bandar 374Hála-kandi, the Hellenes, Pindus 379Jandrúd 380Kaikánán, Kaikán, Kákars 381Kajuráha 383Kállarí, Annarí, and Ballarí 384Kandábel, Túrán, Budha, Baizá 385Kannazbúr 389Mandal, Kíraj 390Manjábarí 391Minnagara 392Narána 393Nírún, Sákúra, Jarak 396Sadusán 401Sámúí, Tughlikábád, Kalá-kot 401Sindán, Subára, Saimúr 402Túr, Muhatampur, Dirak, Vijeh-kot 403NOTE (B).—HISTORICAL. 405The Ráí Dynasty 405The Bráhman Dynasty 409The Advances of the Arabs towards Sind 414The Progress of the Arabs in Sind 434Sind under the Arabs 460The Súmra Dynasty 483
The Samma Dynasty 494The Arghún Dynasty 497The Tarkhán Dynasty 498Sháh Beg’s Capture of Thatta 500The Death of Sháh Beg Arghún 502NOTE ©.—ETHNOLOGICAL.Native Opinions on the Aborigines of Sind 503Buddhists in Sind 504The Jats 507The Kerks 508The Meds 519The Wairsí and Sodha Tribes 531NOTE (D).—MISCELLANEOUS.The Terrors of the Moghal Helmet 532Dismounting for Combat 535Colligation in Fighting 537Barge, an Arabic Word 539
[THESE are not the days when the public care to listen to the minor details of anauthor’s life; but Sir H. M. Elliot’s relations and the thinned number of his personalfriends—while confidently leaving his posthumous works to speak for themselves—recognise the double duty of placing on record the more prominent events of hiscareer, and of defining under what guarantee his writings are now submitted, so tosay, to a new generation of readers. The former will be found in a separate note, butto explain the origin and progressive advance of the present publication, it may bestated that after Sir Henry Elliot’s death, at the Cape of Good Hope, his fragmentarypapers were brought to this country by his widow. And as the introductory volume of the original work had been issued under the auspices and at the cost of theGovernment of the North-Western Provinces of India, the MSS.—constituting thematerials already prepared for the more comprehensive undertaking in thirteenvolumes—were placed at the disposal of those ever liberal promoters of Orientalliterature, the Directors of the East India Company, by whom they were submitted toa Committee consisting of the late Prof. H. H. Wilson, Mr. Edward Clive Bayley, of the Bengal Civil Service, and Mr. W. H. Morley, of the Inner Temple, a gentlemanwho had distinguished himself as an Arabic scholar, and who was reputed to be wellversed in other branches of Oriental lore. On the recommendation of thisCommittee, the Court of Directors readily sanctioned a grant of £500 towards thepurposes of the publication, and Mr. Morley was himself entrusted with theeditorship. Mr. Morley’s circumstances, at this critical time, are understood to havebeen subject to important changes, so that, although he entered upon his task withfull alacrity and zeal, his devotion soon slackened, and when the MSS. werereturned four years afterwards, they were found to be in such an imperfectlyadvanced state as effectually to discourage any hasty selection of a new editor. For which reserve, indeed, there were other and more obvious reasons in the paucity of 

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