The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians
This extensive eight-volume work was first published between 1867 and 1877 by the linguist John Dowson (1820–81) from the manuscripts of the colonial administrator and scholar Sir Henry Miers Elliot (1808–53). Before his death, hoping to bolster British colonial ideology, Elliot had intended to evaluate scores of Arabic and Persian historians of India, believing that his translations would demonstrate the violence of the Muslim rulers and 'make our native subjects more sensible of the immense advantages accruing to them under the mildness and the equity of our rule'. Volume 7 covers the period from Shah Jahan (1592–1666) to the early reign of Muhammad Shah (1702–48). It includes various Padshahnama, the works comprising the official visual history of Shah Jahan's reign, most notably that of Abdul Hamid Lahori (d.1654). Also included are substantial extracts from the Muntakhab-ul-Lubab of Khafi Khan, covering the long reign of Aurangzeb (1618–1707).