Author: Gobind KhushalaniPublisher: Bibliophile South Asia And PromillaYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 229ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185002681
The Chachnamah is the oldest history of Sindh and an absorbing account of the conquest of Sindh by the Arabs under the stewardship of Mohammad Qasim. It was on time thought a romance like the Arabian Nights, but ever since Elphinstone rehabilitated its real character, there has been no doubt as to its being a history. In fact it is now considered to be the only source of history of the time available with us and has therefore gained importance. The Chachnamah is a Persian translation of an Arabic manuscript on the conquest of Sindh and parts of Hind (India) by the Arabs, written by Ali son of Kufi, originally of Kufah, but subsequently a resident of Uch, in 613 A H (1216 A D). The English translation was completed by Mirza Kalichbeg Fredunbeg in the year 1900. It was subsequently reprinted by Rana Saad in 2004 in the U S.Eminent Sindhi litterateur, Gobind Khushalani, intrigued by romance and history, has retold the entire Chachnamah in modern diction with relevant references from the contemporary history of India and the Caliphate, and is based on the English translation. Written in immensely lucid and reader-friendly style, Khushalani’s Chachnamah Retold is a historical novelette which will be of immense interest to young and old Sindhi readers in India and Pakistan and Sindhis spread over the entire globe. It will also serve an excellent reference work to historians, Sindhologists, South Asian and Middle Eastern Scholars in the academic world.
EXPLANATORY NOTESAUTHOR’S NOTEThe BeginningChach Takes OverRai Chach ConsolidatesBetween Chach and DaharDahar Takes OverRai Dahar ConsolidatesAbortive Attempts by the ArabsEnters Muhammad Bin QasimEnd of the Dahar EraDeath of Rai DaharPost Dahar DiplomacyMuhammad Qasim ConsolidatesFall of AlorJaisiah’s WoesIn Search of A Permanent AbodeDeath of the HeroConclusionANNEXURE I: Introduction to the First English edition Written by Rishi Dayaram Gidumal in 1900 ADANNEXUTE II: Ruling Tree and Sindh Tribes/Castes in ChachnamahANNEXURE III: Caliphs of the TimeBIBLIOGRAPHYGLOSSARY OF NAMES AND PLACESINDEX