<p style='text-align: justify;'>An abridged selection of biographical notices of various nobles and statesmen culled from the <i>Khizānah-ʼi ʻĀmirah</i> (Royal Treasury), by Ghulām ʻAlī ibn Nūḥ Āzād Bilgrāmī (1704–1786) in 1176 AH (1762–63 CE).</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The author completed the original work in Aurangabad, then the capital of Hyderabad State very shortly after his close friend and patron, Niẓām al-Mulk ‘Alī Khān Āṣaf Jāh II (b. 1734, r. 1762–1803), ascended the throne.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'> A major Indian poet who composed several several other historical and biographical accounts, in this work he relates the lives of some 135 Persian poets, recounts the history of the Āsaf Jahi dynasty up to his patron, and also describes other contemporary elites, including the reigns of Aḥmad Shāh Durranī (r. 1747–1772) and the Maratha empire. Since he lived during many of these events and also relates vivid eyewitness accounts, historians deemed this work a reliable reference on 18th-century South Asia.</p>
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