Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

Editorial

Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

Editorial

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This issue (No, 2, 2013) includes three research papers and an English translation of the Persian text of Kewal Räm's Tadhkirat al-Umarä' (Biographical sketches of the Hindu nobles of the Mughul period) besides current history, two reviews and an obituary.

Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Khan (India), a noted scholar, in his research paper 'The Indian Ship-Owners of Surat in the Seventeenth Century' provides interesting information about the marine mercantile activity based mainly on the port of Surat, the main and busiest sea-port in the Northregion of India due to Gujerat's inclusion in the Mughul Empire. The paper provides information about the export and import and shipbuilding activities. A very interesting aspect is the participation of the imperial personages (Mother Queen, Emperors, princes and princesses) and the leading Mughul nobles' ownership of ships for trade as well as for ferrying Hajj pilgrims. However, this involvement did not lead the Mughuls to have a regular navy.

'Dating the Hindu Temple at Gor Khatri (Peshawar)' by Dr. Ibrahim Shah (Pakistan) presents a well-argued and documented evidence of the probable period of its later construction in the beginning of the 19th century, long after the building of kärwän sarà' i by Princess Jahän Ära'. …

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