Author: R C Jouhri
Publisher: Sundeep Prakashan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175741007
Shams Siraj Afif's Tarikh-i-Firozshahi is more than history not only is it the only contemporary account exclusively devoted to Firoz Tugluq's monarchy, it dwells in considerable detail on the state of the society and the common man in his reign thus qualifying to be a total chronicle of
the times. It presents a more distinguished Tarikh of Zia-ud-din-Barani.
Afif`s Tarikh contains very illuminating information about the foundation of new cities, construction of cnals, water reservoirs, madrassas et, al. which served as catalysts of change in socio-economic field. Having served in the civil and revenue departments himself, Afif even excels Barani in describing the prevelant agrarian system.
Possibly the first English translation of Afif`s original Tarikh available in Asiatic Society Bibliotheca Edition, Calcutta, 1981, with a critical assessment, it is now accessible to scholars of medieval Indian history.
Arabo-Persian Historiography on the eve of Delhi Sultanate
Translation of Tarikh-i-Firoz Shahi
Book One- From the birth of Sultan Firoz to his Accession
Book Two- The description of Lakhnauti and the Sultan`s two expeditions, and journey to Jajnagar and Nagarkot
Book Three- The account of Thatta: Sultan`s Capture of Jam and Banbh, the invention of Tas Ghariyal (Gong)
Book Four- Sultan`s Decisions not to Lead Big Expeditions and Attention to the Management of the Kingdom
Book Five- Description of Firoz Shah`s tonsure, account of the death of Prince Fateh Khan, the explanation of the greatness of some of the Khans and Maliks, and the description of the end of the reign.
Making of a Historian: Afif and his Tarikh-i-Firoz Shahi