TĀRĪKH-I-IRĀDAT KHĀNĪ, an undated old Persian manuscript in the Oriental Public Library, Paṭnā, comprising the memoirs of Mirzā Mubārakullāh Wāzih. The title inscribed on the fly-leaf is Tarīkh-i-Mubārakī. The work which is also known as Maqtal us-Salātīn is a history of the successors of Emperor Auraṅgzīb from 1707 to 1714. The manuscript, in nasta'liq style, covers 174 pages, with 15 lines to a page. Dates are few but the chronological sequence has been maintained. The author belonged to a noble family and held a high rank under the sons and successors of Emperor Auraṅgzīb. As a personal friend of Commander Mun'im Khān, he was present in the Mughal army at the battle of Lohgaṛh against Bandā Siṅgh Bahādur. His account of the action, based upon personal observation, is of great historical value. He refers to the "spirit of martyrdom among the Sikhs." Delhi and its environs had been so terrorized by the news of Bandā Siṅgh's victories that Emperor Bahādur Shāh decided to march in person against him, declaring a holy war (jihād) upon the Sikhs. Bandā Siṅgh's citadel was captured, though he himself escaped disguised as a jogī.

        An abridged English translation of the work by Jonathan Scott was published in 1786 in London.


    Kirpal Singh, A Catalogue of Persian and Sanskrit Manuscripts. Amritsar, 1962

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