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PROFESSOR JOHN DOWSON, M.R.A.S.,

· STAFF COLLEGE, SANDHURST.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
TRUBNER AND CO., 8 AND 60, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1871.

[All rights reserved.]

STEPHEN AUSTIN & sons,

PRINTERS, HERTFORD.

PREFACE.

This third volume carries the history of India on from the death of Násiru-d dín, in 1260 A.D., to the inroad of Tímúr the Tátár, in 1398 A.D. It comprises some matter relating to periods not included within these dates; but on the other hand, it is deficient in the history of the reigns intervening between the death of Firoz Shah and the irruption of Tímúr. This portion remains to be supplied, in the succeeding volume, from works of a somewhat later date. The period here traversed is not a very long one, but it is illustrated by works of more than usual interest and importance.

of the first five works included in the present volume, three were noticed in the old volume published by Sir H. Elliot himself. The other two, the Tarikh-i Wassáf, and the Tarikh-i 'Aláí of Amír Khusrú, are now first made accessible to English readers. Part of the History of Wassáf has appeared in a German translation, from the pen of HammerPurgstall, but the portions relating to India are now published for the first time. The Tarikh-i 'Alái is more of a poem than a history, but it bears the celebrated name of Amír Khusrú, and it enters into de

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