An Overview of Ottoman Archival Documents and Their Relevance for Medieval Indian History

  title={An Overview of Ottoman Archival Documents and Their Relevance for Medieval Indian History},
  author={N. R. Farooqi},
  journal={The Medieval History Journal},
  pages={192 - 229}
  • N. Farooqi
  • Published 21 March 2017
  • History
  • The Medieval History Journal
The significance of Ottoman archives for the reconstruction of Europe’s past is well known but its relevance for the study of Medieval Indian History has so far eluded the attention and interest of Indian historians. Several series of documents preserved in the Turkish National Archives (Başbakanlik Devlet Arşivi) in Istanbul, especially Mühimme Defterleri, Name-i Hümayun Defterleri and Tapu Tahrir Defterleri, can yield significant dividends for understanding many little known or even unknown… 
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