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 6 covers the death of Akbar in 1605 and includes extracts from the Akbarnama of Abul Fazl (1551–1602), the emperor's vizier and court historian. It also covers the reign of Jahangir (1569–1627) with extracts from the Jahangirnama, his own memoirs. The appendices include a translation of the introduction to Ferishta's early seventeenth-century history.