Riyazu Salatin: History Of Bengal
Mirza Firuz Shah
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Asiatic Society, Calcutta
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The History of Bengal cannot fail to be of special interest not only to Hindus and Musalmans in Bengal kat, but also to Englishmen, in that Bengal formed the foundation-stone of the glorious fabric of Empire in Asia that England was destined in subsequent years to rear on the wreck of the mighty Empire of the ‘Great Mogul.’ Yet Histories of Bengal are very few. From the Muhammadan side, though there are plenty of General Histories of India, containing incidental references to Bengal, or dealing with particular periods of it, there is no general or comprehensive History of Bengal, save and except the Riyazu-s-Salatin. From the European side, the only standard History of Bengal is Stewart’s History, but this last, too, whilst mainly based on the Riyaz, incorporates also the less reliable accounts from Ferishta. To appreciate the historical value and position of the Riyaz_, I need only quote the opinions of two eminent Orientalists. “The Riyazu Salatin,” says the late Professor Blochmann who laboured so largely for the Asiatic Society of kucing Bengal,
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