<p style='text-align: justify;'>The first of two volumes of <i>Hasht Bihisht</i> (Eight Paradises) by Idrīs Bidlīsī (d. 1520), originally comprised a single manuscript bound together with <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href='https://www.digitalcollections.manchester.ac.uk/view/MS-PERSIAN-00396'>Persian MS 396</a>. The complete work chronicles the reigns of the first eight Ottoman sultans, ending with Sultan Beyazid II (b. 1447, r. 1481–1512), who the author served as an administrator in various locations throughout the empire. The final section relates particularly valuable eyewitness accounts that occurred during his patron's reign. Most notably, his richly nuanced, ornate Persian prose literary style interspersed with lines of poetry dramatically departs from works by prior Ottoman historians. A scribe named Muḥammad Yūsuf Shīrāzī completed this manuscript in Ṣafar 1063 AH (Jan. 1653 CE).</p>
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