Guzidah Ash‘ār-e- Sabk-e-Hindi

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Ne‘mat Khān Ali was a satirist, historian, and poet (d. 1709-10). His father, Ḥakīm Fatḥ-al-dīn, and his son, Ḥakīm Ḥāḏeq Khan, were famous physicians. Educated in his ancestral city of Shiraz, he served the court during the reign of Shah Jahān (1628-57) and continued into Aurangzēb’s reign (1658-1707). He became superintendent (dārūḡa) of the royal kitchen, and received the title of Neʿmat Khan in 1692-93. He was promoted to keeper of the crown jewels, with the title Muqarrab Khan. With the accession of Shah ʿĀlam I (1707-12) he was given the title Dāneshmand Khan and appointed to the office of court historian. Most of his poetry consists of ḡazals, characterised by a gentler tone of moral criticism than his satires.


بی نیاز از خلق بودن بهتر از سلطانی است
نزد عاقل اینقدر از دولت دنیا خوشست

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history, poet, possessions, wealth, دولت

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Title: Guzidah Ash‘ār-e- Sabk-e-Hindi

Author: Ali Reza Zakavati

Publisher: Markaz-e-Nashr-e-Danishgahi

Publication date: 1952

Original compiled c.17th century

Edition: 1st Edition

Place of publication: Tehran

Provenance/location: Original compiled c.17th century

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Original author(s): Ali Reza Zakavati, Ne'amat Khan Ali

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

Language: Persian


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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Genre: India > poetry

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