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Mogul Empire -- Politics and government

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Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

Detail of page from the Compendium of Chronicles by Rashid al-Din. Shows text with central miniature depicting the Sultan Luhrasp seated on a throne, surrounded by attendants. [Please click twice to see the full manuscript]
Detail of page from the Compendium of Chro...

Manuscripts of the Islamicate World and South Asia

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Identifier: Or Ms
Scope and Contents This collection consists of over 700 manuscripts pertaining to the Islamicate world and South Asia, dating from the 10th to 19th centuries C.E. (the majority being post-1500). Chiefly bound paper codices, it includes sacred texts of importance to the Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh faiths, Qur’anic commentaries, Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad and the Shi’i Imams, works treating Islamic law, world history, the history of India, medicine,...
Dates: 10th-19th centuries C.E. (bulk: post-1500 C.E.)

Or Ms 208: آئينِ اكبري Āʼīn-i Akbarī, 1197 A.H., 1782 C.E.

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Identifier: Or Ms 208
Scope and Contents This is a good copy containing numerous tables of the well-known āʼīn, or institutes, of the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (949-1014 A.H. /1542-1605 C.E.). This work, which is usually regarded as a third volume or supplement to the Akbar-nāmah, is by the same author, Shaykh Abū al-Faz̤l "Allāmī." It contains a most detailed description and record of Akbar' s government in all its departments, revenues, statistics,...
Dates: 1197 A.H.; 1782 C.E.

Or Ms 209: آئينِ اكبري Āʼīn-i Akbarī, undated (original text compiled 16th cent. C.E.)

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Identifier: Or Ms 209
Scope and Contents

This is an abridgement of a well-known work detailing the āʼīn, or institutes, of the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (949-1014 A.H. / 1542-1605 C.E.). The current copy is limited to a number of ṣūbahs (provinces).

Dates: undated (original text compiled 16th cent. C.E.)

Or Ms 210: آئينِ اكبري Āʼīn-i Akbarī, undated (original text compiled 16th cent. C.E.)

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Identifier: Or Ms 210
Scope and Contents

This is an abridgement of a well-known work detailing the āʼīn, or institutes, of the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (949-1014 A.H. / 1542-1605 C.E.). The current copy is limited to some of the minor institutes.

Dates: undated (original text compiled 16th cent. C.E.)

Or Ms 223: ساعاتِ نهضت که عالمگير نمودند Sā‘āt-i Nahz̤at kih ‘Ālamgīr namūdand, undated

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Identifier: Or Ms 223
Scope and Contents

A record of the movements and encampments of the Emperor ‘Ālamgīr (r. 1658 to 1707 C.E.), from the third Rabī‘ II, 1066 A.H. (1665 C.E.), to the fourth of Jumādá II, 1099 A.H. (1687 C.E.), the thirty-fourth year of his reign. Besides the places of encampment, the length of stay and the time taken to pass from one place to another are also recorded.

Dates: undated

Or Ms 224: دستور العملِ بادشاهی Dastūr al-‘Amal-i Bādshāhī, undated

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Identifier: Or Ms 224
Scope and Contents

An abridged official manual of the Indian Empire. The original was possibly drawn up in Mughal Emperor ‘Ālamgīr's (r. 1658 to 1707 C.E.) time. It contains an account of the allowances of the officials of various grades, names of Faṣlī months, revenues and area of the Empire, distance from Shāhjahānābād (Dehlī) to various places, and the divisions and revenues of a number of ṣūbahs (see more in Hukk et al catalogue).

Dates: undated

Or Ms 225: سير المتأخرين Siyar al-Mutaʼakhkhirīn, undated (original text composed 18th cent. C.E.)

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Identifier: Or Ms 225
Scope and Contents

An elaborate history of the Mughal Empire in India, from 1118 A.H. (1707 C.E.), the year of ‘Ālamgīr's death, to 1195 A.H. (1781 C.E.), by Ghulām Ḥusayn b. Hidāyat ‘Alī Khān-Bahādur Asad-Jang b. al-Sayyid ‘Ālim-Allāh b. al-Sayyid Fayz̤-Allāh al-Ṭabāṭabāʼī al-Ḥasanī of ‘Aẓīmābād.

Dates: undated (original text composed 18th cent. C.E.)

Or Ms 226: سير المتأخّرين Siyar al Mutaʼakhkhirīn, 1196 A.H., 1782 C.E.

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Identifier: Or Ms 226
Scope and Contents

An elaborate history of the Mughal Empire in India from 1118 A.H., 1707 C.E., the year of Emperor ‘Ālamgīr's death, to 1195 A.H., 1781 C.E., by Ghulām Ḥusayn b. Hidāyat ‘Alī Khān-Bahādur Asad-Jang b. al-Sayyid ‘Ālim-Allāh b. al-Sayyid Fayz̤-Allāh al-Ṭabāṭabāʼī al-Ḥasanī of ‘Aẓīmābād.


Two uniform volumes in one.

Dates: 1196 A.H.; 1782 C.E.

Or Ms 227: محاربه ومصالحهٔ محمدشاه با نادرشاه Muḥārabah-u muṣālaḥah-yi Muḥammad-Shāh bā Nādir-Shāh, undated (extant by 18th cent. C.E.)

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Identifier: Or Ms 227
Scope and Contents

This is an anonymous account of the war and subsequent peace between Mughal Muḥammad-Shāh of India and Nādir-Shāh of Persia in the 21st year of Muḥammad-Shāh's reign (1152 A.H., 1739 C.E.).


Certain pages are heavily annotated in English. The annotations appear to be translations of the main text, possibly in the hand of the collector, James Anderson.

Dates: undated (extant by 18th cent. C.E.)
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Or Ms 230: دستور العملِ خالصهٔ شريفه وغيره Dastūr al-‘amal-i khāliṣah-i sharīfah, etc., undated

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Identifier: Or Ms 230
Scope and Contents A collection of useful notes on miscellaneous subjects. The contents are briefly:General matters in connection with the administration of the kingdoms of South Asia and Persia. Explanations of terms used to indicate the various officials from the king downwards, their duties, ranks, titles, etc.; brief notes on the geography and history of some of the important provinces adjoining to and including Persia and South Asia; the names of the numerous kings who ruled over those areas,...
Dates: undated