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Sayyid Ahmad Khan: Asar-us-Sanadid

Edited by Rana Safvi

Translated by Rana Safvi

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This volume joins together in English, for the first time, the two editions of Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan’s classic account, Asar-us-Sanadid, of the monuments and environs of the pre-colonial city of Delhi. Translator–editor Rana Safvi’s notes, annotations and appendices trace the historical development of the text between 1847 and 1854, before the cataclysmic events of 1857 changed Delhi forever. The volume includes sketches from the original Urdu edition. It fills a crucial gap in the historical archive of nineteenth-century Delhi, and is a valuable resource for urban historians and scholars of Delhi’s monumental history.

Rana Safvi

Rana Safvi is an author and historian with a passion for culture and heritage. She is the founder and moderator of the #shair platform on Twitter, credited with reviving popular interest in Urdu poetry.