Author: Mohammad Ilyas Nadvi
Translator(s): Mohammad Saghir Husain
Publisher: Institute of Objective Studies
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81852205820
The 18 the century represents a watershed in the annals of Muslim civilization. The trend of Europe's emergence as the world leaders and colonial masters had begun to settle in firmly. Conversely, the world of Islam was clearly seen as being on retreat.
There are quite a few facts about Tipu Sultan that are fairly well established. His statesmanship, for instance. Or, his military sagacity. His diplomatic skills (with which he played the French against the British), his flair for adopting new technologies and his concern for people under his rule are quite obvious.
These questions don't seem to disturb most historiographers at all. Hindus generally don't take him as a bigot, and he was possibly not one. The London-based Tipu aficionado, Advani, may not be a historian as such, but remains a respected, knowledgeable student of Tipu's history by any reckoning. He forcefully refutes the charge that Tipu was anti-Hindu. That the sultan's family tradition was one of respect for all religions is also borne by the famous synagogue in Mumbai built by Tipu's mother. Israeli leaders and other Jews from all over the world pray there on their visit to the city.
Tipu Sultan was a hero whose struggles on three fronts-against the Nizam of Hyderabad, against the Marathas, and against the British colonisers-have been recorded rather accurately. Maulana Ilyas Nadvi's present work is fairly comprehensive and has its own merits. Our decision to publish the English translation of the original work in Urdu was made with these merits in view.
Another point that we had in mind was that the English translation would encourage further research involving current methodologies, present level of historical discourse, and recourse to original sources. The hero deserves such academic attention.
The Political and Religious Scenario of India and the Islamic World in the 12th Century Hijri
The Adjoining States Around the Sultanat-e-Khudadad
The Historical Position of the Mysore Region
Family of Tipu
Hyder Ali: From Birth to the Commander of the Forces
From the Formation of the Sultanat-e-Khudadad up to the Death of Hyder Ali
The Special Traits and Attributes of Hyder Ali's Personality
Tipu Sultan: From Birth till the Accession
From the Succession of Tipu upto the Treatry of Mangalore
Internal Revolts and the Marathas War
Concentration on the Internal Affairs of The Sultanate and sending a Diplomatic Mission to the Ottoman Caliphate
From the Third Battle up to the Treaty of Srirangapatnam
Rebuilding of the Sultanate and Diplomatic Parleys with Foreign Countries
The Fourth Battle and the Martyrdom of Tipu
Relative Happenings After the Fall of Srirangapatnam
The Sultan's Features and His Offspring
Nature's Revenge against the Traitors of Sultanat-e-Khudadad for their Black Deeds
A Handful of Tipu's Loyalists, whose Contributions can never go unnoticed
Genesis and root causes underlying the Fall of Srirangapatnam and the National and International Impact of Tipu's Death
Tipu as a Good Human Being and Religiously Tolerant Personality
Tipu as a Muslim and an Islamic Preacher
Tipu-A Scholar and a Patron of Learning
Inherent Natural Qualities
Tipu as a Ruler and an Administrator
Economic Prosperity of the Sultanat-e-Khudadad during Tipu's Rule