Chachnamah Retold - An Account of the Arab Conquest of Sindh

Chachnamah Retold - An Account of the Arab Conquest of Sindh

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Author: Gobind Khushalani
Publisher: Bibliophile South Asia And Promilla
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 229
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185002681


The Chachnamah is the oldest history of Sindh and an absorbing account of the conquest of Sindh by the Arabs under the stewardship of Mohammad Qasim. It was on time thought a romance like the Arabian Nights, but ever since Elphinstone rehabilitated its real character, there has been no doubt as to its being a history. In fact it is now considered to be the only source of history of the time available with us and has therefore gained importance. The Chachnamah is a Persian translation of an Arabic manuscript on the conquest of Sindh and parts of Hind (India) by the Arabs, written by Ali son of Kufi, originally of Kufah, but subsequently a resident of Uch, in 613 A H (1216 A D). The English translation was completed by Mirza Kalichbeg Fredunbeg in the year 1900. It was subsequently reprinted by Rana Saad in 2004 in the U S.

Eminent Sindhi litterateur, Gobind Khushalani, intrigued by romance and history, has retold the entire Chachnamah in modern diction with relevant references from the contemporary history of India and the Caliphate, and is based on the English translation. Written in immensely lucid and reader-friendly style, Khushalani’s Chachnamah Retold is a historical novelette which will be of immense interest to young and old Sindhi readers in India and Pakistan and Sindhis spread over the entire globe. It will also serve an excellent reference work to historians, Sindhologists, South Asian and Middle Eastern Scholars in the academic world.




The Beginning
Chach Takes Over
Rai Chach Consolidates
Between Chach and Dahar
Dahar Takes Over
Rai Dahar Consolidates
Abortive Attempts by the Arabs
Enters Muhammad Bin Qasim
End of the Dahar Era
Death of Rai Dahar
Post Dahar Diplomacy
Muhammad Qasim Consolidates
Fall of Alor
Jaisiah’s Woes
In Search of A Permanent Abode
Death of the Hero
ANNEXURE I: Introduction to the First English edition
Written by Rishi Dayaram Gidumal in 1900 AD
ANNEXUTE II: Ruling Tree and Sindh Tribes/Castes in Chachnamah
ANNEXURE III: Caliphs of the Time