<p style='text-align: justify;'>A partial manuscript of the <i>Riyāz̤ al-Shu‘arā’</i> (Gardens of Poets) by ʻAlī Qulī Khān Dāghistānī(1712–1756), pen named 'Wālih'. Born in Isfahan, he the author left Iran after the abidcation of his patron, the Safavid ruler Shāh Ṭahmasp II in 1732, he left Iran for India, where he found favour with the Mughal ruler Muḥammad Shāh (b. 1702, r. 1719–1748) and composed this work in 1161 AH (1748 CE), which he both compiled from earlier sources and then added his own observations. While the complete work contains 2,496 alphabetically arranged biographical accounts, this volume only contains approximately the first half, from the letters <i>alif</i> to <i>sīn</i>.</p>
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