The Kitab-i-Yamini: Historical Memoirs of the Amír Sabaktagín, and the Sultán Mahmúd of Ghazna, Early Conquerors of Hindustan, and Founders of the Ghaz-navide Dynasty, Volum 69

Oriental translation fund of Great Britain and Ireland, 1858 - 511 sider
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Side 455 - And in the midst of the city they had built a temple higher than all, to delineate the beauty and decoration of which the pens of all writers and the pencils of all painters would be powerless, and would not be able to attain to the power of fixing their minds upon it and considering it.
Side 455 - In that place, in the city, there was a place of worship of the Indian people ; and when he came to that place he saw a city, of wonderful fabric and conception, so that one might say, this is a building of Paradise...
Side 455 - ... such a one that if the Sultan had seen it exposed in the bazar, he would have considered as underpriced at fifty thousand dinars, and would have bought it with great eagerness.
Side 455 - Sultan wrote of this journey he thus declares, that if any one should undertake to build a fabric like that he would expend thereon one hundred thousand packets of a thousand dinars, and would not complete it in two hundred years, with the assistance of the most ingenious masters (architects).
Side 392 - Mahmud of Ghazna] expressed surprise at this extreme error and folly for all the learned in rules, and skilled in guidance have agreed that the extent of the world's age is not more than seven thousand years, and in these times there is every indication of the [approaching] judgment, and evidences of the decay of the world. Histories are alleged for this, and the Koran's witnessing confirmation is to the discerning intellect an essential fact, and to the farseeing is a guide [to the truth]. In these...
Side 464 - They spared not the purest gold in their paintings and gilding, and crushed the bodylike idols and fastened them in the doors and walls. The Sultan commanded a closet to be constructed for his own use. " He commanded the fabric to be square with expanding porches and interlacing curvatures.
Side 37 - In spite of his initial failure, Jai Pal sent the following message to Subuktgin: "You have seen the impetuosity of the Hindus and their indifference to death whenever any calamity befalls them, as at this moment. If, therefore, you refuse to grant peace in the hope of obtaining plunder, tribute, elephants...
Side 39 - He proceeded to the country of the infidel traitor, and wheresoever he came he plundered and sacked the country until it was annihilated. He dug up and burnt down all its buildings, and killed those deceivers and infidels, carrying away their children and cattle as booty. He made the territory of Lamgan (in Kashmir), which had been the most populous and flourishing of all that country, entirely stript and bare.
Side 362 - Sultan was content with these conditions ! ! i and this secured tax became a fixed source of revenue in the book of the finance court of the Empire. Thus the road for caravans and merchants between the districts of Khorasan and Hind became open". ( p. 362). Such is the normal course of the successive steps in the fall of kingdoms. We are here reminded of the fall of the Maratha kingdom eight centuries later. There was a stubborn struggle in the beginning by the combined Marathas against the English...

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