Al-Biruni, celebrated mathematician and astronomer, came to India in the wake of the invading forces of Mahmud of Ghazni in the eleventh century. His enquiry into India, popularly known in its original Arabic version as Tarikhu'l Hind, is erudite and, as a historic chronicle of its kind, a classic. There is much in this chronicle that reads like fiction, while being at the same time an objective record of the history, character, manners and customs of India of that time.
Sachau's well-known English translation of the classic has been used in this publication, but edited specially for a large and popular readership.
About the Author
Quyamuddin Ahmad (b. 1930), the editor of this volume, did his M.A. in 1950 and Ph. D. in 1962 from the Patna University where he has been teaching history since 1964.he has made a special study of medieval Indian history and of the Indo-Muslim society in the nineteenth century. Among his publications are three books, The Wahabi Movement in India (1966), Corpus of Arabic and Persian Inscriptions of Bihar (A.H. 640-1200)(1973) and Mazharul Haque (1976) and large number of articles on various aspects of medieval and modern Indian history. He has contributed several articles in the Encyclopaedia Iranica (New York,USA) and is the Associate Editor of Comprehensive History of Bihar, Volume II, Part I (1983) and Part II (1986)
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