Asar-us-Sanadid

(The Remnants of Ancient Heroes)

Syed Ahmed Khan. Translated and edited by Rana Safvi

Tulika Books

Asar-us-Sanadid

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Pub Date: March 2017

ISBN: 9789382381877

400 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $60.00

Asar-us-Sanadid

(The Remnants of Ancient Heroes)

Syed Ahmed Khan. Translated and edited by Rana Safvi

Tulika Books

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This book brings together in English translation for the first time the two editions of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan's classic account of the monuments and environs of the pre-colonial city of Delhi, titled in Urdu Asar-us-Sanadid (The Remnants of Ancient Heroes). The translator provides a commentary in the form of annotations and appendices that demonstrates the historical development of the text between 1847 and 1854, also reflecting the life of its subject, Delhi, which was to be irreversibly transformed by the cataclysmic events of 1857. The volume includes sketches based on the lithographs in the first Urdu edition. The translation fills a crucial lacuna in the historical archive for nineteenth-century Delhi and will be a valuable resource for urban historians and students of Delhi's monumental history.

About the Author

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan (1817–1898) was one of the architects of modern India and the founder of the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, which later became the Aligarh Muslim University.

Rana Safvi holds a master's in medieval Indian history from the Aligarh Muslim University. She is a translator and historian of the monuments of Delhi. Her book Where Stones Speak: Historical Trails in Mehrauli, the first city of Delhi, was published in 2015.