Ancient manuscript honoured

Illustrated work from 16th century makes it onto prestigious Unesco world list

New Delhi: An illustrated Indian manuscript recounting the history of Mughal ancestor Timur has been inscribed on Unesco’s Memory of the World Register, an official has said.

The Tarikh-E-Khandan-E-Timuriyah was written and created during the reign of Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar, a descendant of Timur, in 1577-78 AD and is one of the 45 new documents and documentary collections selected from all over the world.

“The Mughals influenced the social, cultural and economic life both of the Indian people and of the world. Their contributions to the development of astrology, astronomy, medicine, fine arts, architecture, paintings and literature are unparalleled,” said the Unesco website.

According to Unesco, the paintings of the Tarikh-e Khandan-e Timuriyah are unique examples of the height that was attained by the Mughals in the history of the art of painting. read more

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  1. More than Taimoor, the world of science owes much to his grandson Ulug Beg, who was a first rate astronomer of his time. The astronomical tables (Zij) prepared at his court were outstanding and marvellously uptodate. He a patron of scientists, learned people. He established schools and learning institutions so people could better themselves. Alas he was killed by his own son on account of some dogmatic issues. The obeservatory he built in samarqand, was copied by Maharajah Jaisingh of India in the 18th century. I was much impressed when i visited the Jantar mantar observatory in Dehli in March 2009.

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