Sair-ul-Manazil

Sangin Beg. Translated by Nausheen Jaffery. Edited by Swapna Liddle.

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Sair-ul-Manazil

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Pub Date: March 2017

ISBN: 9789382381860

152 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $25.00

Sair-ul-Manazil

Sangin Beg. Translated by Nausheen Jaffery. Edited by Swapna Liddle.

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Written in the 1820s, Sair-ul-Manazil, as far as we know, is the first attempt to systematically list the monuments of the city of Delhi. Apart from public buildings like mosques, temples, shrines, and tombs, it lists wells, gardens, houses, shops, and stray graves. This was in itself a formidable task, and one that might easily have resulted in a very dry and tedious document. The author, however, considerably enlivens it by a description of the various localities of the city, of the people who lived and worked there in his time, social activities and fairs, and historical anecdotes connected with places and people.

The original was written in Persian by a person variously known as Sangin and Sangin Beg, and the volume is translated from an Urdu translation by the late Nausheen Jaffery, with an introduction by Swapna Liddle. It also includes maps and sketches which will both illustrate the narrative and bring a visual life to it.

About the Author

Nausheen Jaffery was a historian trained at the University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia. Her book Jahan Ara Begum: A Biographical Study (1614–1681) was published in 2011.

Swapna Liddle is a historian and co-convener of the Delhi chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).