Indo-Persian Historian and Sindho-Persian Intermediary: the Tarikh-i Ma sumi of Mir Muhammad Ma sum Bhakkari (d. 1606)
Studies of Indo-Persian historiography tend to focus on the monumental compositions created at the behest of the Mughal court. This has unfortunately led to the neglect of texts from "regional" settings. The present article intends to expand the field of inquiry by studying Mir Muhammad Ma sum's Tarikh-i Ma sumi (completed c. 1600) which was the first Mughal-era Persian history of Sindh. I will argue that the author used the new the literary models developed by Mughal chroniclers in order to both facilitate and contest imperial domination.