Famine and Dearth

Shahjahan Namah

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Introductory notes

Md. bin Md. Mahmood Jalālai Tabātabāi (d.1636) was a Persian scholar from Isfahan, who arrived in India in 1634, was the first chronicler of Shahjahan. This courtly chronicle only covers four years of the emperor Shahjahan’s reign, beginning with the fifth solar year of his reign to the end of the eighth. From references within the work it appears that Tabātabāi also wrote an account of the earlier years. Tabātabāi writes in a highly ornate style of native Persian. This fragmentary account is less used than the better known chronicles of Shahjahan, such as Qazwini’s. It appears that Qazwini’s Pādshahnāma was an important source for Tabātabāi, who replicates his predecessor’s narrative in some sections, such as the description of Kashmir.

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و حقیقت تنگی کار متحصّنان به‌سبب شدّت ضیق تعیش که از طول مدّت محاصره و قلّت غلّه و کثرت عسرت و فرط وقوع بلای قحط و غلا ناشی شده بی مبالات و تحاشی ابلاغ نموده اظهار سایر اسرار مضمره و افکار مخمره به‌عمل می‌آرد.

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Keywords

famine, grain, poverty, غلّه, غلّه, قحط, قحط

Source text

Title: Shahjahan Namah

Author: Md. bin Md. Mahmood Jalalai Tabatabai

Editor(s): Syed Mohammad Yunus Jaffery

Publisher: Centre for Persian Research, Iran Culture House

Publication date: 2009

Original compiled c.1634-1636

Place of publication: New Delhi

Provenance/location: Original compiled c.1634-1636

Digital edition

Original author(s): Md Bin Md Mahmood Jalalai Tabatabai

Original editor(s): Md. Ehteshamuddin Institute of Persian Research, Aligarh Muslim University , Azarmi Dukht Safavi Institute of Persian Research, Aligarh Muslim University

Language: Persian

Selection used:

  • 1 ) pages 200 to 201

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Texts collected by: Ayesha Mukherjee, Amlan Das Gupta, Azarmi Dukht Safavi

Texts transcribed by: Muhammad Irshad Alam, Bonisha Bhattacharya, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Muhammad Ehteshamuddin, Kahkashan Khalil, Sarbajit Mitra

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Encoding checking by: Hannah Petrie, Gary Stringer, Charlotte Tupman

Genre: India > chronicle histories

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