<p style='text-align: justify;'> The <i>Zubdat al-Tavārīkh</i> (Cream of Histories), a general history of India during the Islamic period, spanning the Tughluq rulers of Delhi, the Lodi Sultans, and Mughal dynasty until the accession of the Emperor Jahāngīr (b. 1569, r. 1605–1627). </p><p style='text-align: justify;'> The author, Shaykh Nūr al-Ḥaqq al-Mashriqī al-Dihlavī al-Bukhārī (d. 1662–63) expanded upon the <i>Tārīkh-i Ḥaqqī</i> authored by his father ʻAbd al-Ḥaqq ibn Sayf al-Dīn Dihlavī, 1551-1642, to which he added a history of the rulers of Jaunpur (to where the author and his family relocated from Delhi, hence his adoption of the niṣbah of "al-Mashriqī"), as well as details regarding the exploits of the author's patron Shaykh Farīd al-Dīn, likely adapted from the <i>Akbarnāmah</i> of Abū al-Faz̤l ibn Mubārak. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'> An unidentified scribe completed this volume on 21 Sha‘bān 1080 AH (23 Dec. 1671 CE), hence about 10 years years after the author's death. </p>
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