Firishta


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Firishta

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Ferishta

(both: fĭrĭshtă`), c.1560–c.1620, Indian Muslim historian. His given name was Muhammad Kasim Hindu Shah. Under the patronage of the shah of Bijapur, he wrote a history of the Muslims in India from the 10th cent. His work, translated as History of the Rise of the Mohamedan Power in India (tr. 1829), is a landmark in Indian historiography, for it gives detailed knowledge of the medieval period in India.
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According to the histories by Firishta and Badauni, Deval Devi was then brought to Sultan Mubarak's harem and resided therein in an environment of abysmal debauchery for the next four years.
61) The seventeenth-century dynastic historian Firishta mentions that from his childhood, 'Ali "was remarkable for his ready wit and various accomplishments," (62) while the chronicler Rafi al-Din Shirazi, who from the age of thirty served as steward and scribe at 'Al[l.
The Nauras Mahal, the centrepiece of the city, was in essence a visual metaphor for the word nauras which Firishta has interpreted as nine virtues (though it may be understood also as "nine flavours" or "new flavours").
In the process, some of the evidence has occasionally been driven a little further than more cautious historians might have done, and there is a rather heavy reliance on the deeply credulous Firishta for events that happened considerably before his time.
Firishta, an Afghan and the mother of four, spoke to me later and confirmed she had been at Sangatte but arrived at Dover 14 days ago.
Firishta speaks of Firuz Shah's desire "to possess the facility of language as lovely as fairies and as adorned as peacocks," and of the villas he conferred upon the different women of his harem, housing together those who spoke the same language, ranging from Persian, Turkish, and Russian on the one hand to Bengali, Gujarati, Telegu, and Kanarese on the other.