ABOUT THE BOOK :
This book is an English translation of Tarikh-i Firoz Shahi, considered as the finest specimen of Indo-Persian historiography produced during the Sultanate period in India. Written during the reign of Firoz Shah Tughlaq, it was completed in 1357 CE and dedicated to the reigning monarch. Primarily a history of the sultans of Delhi, it covers Balban's dynasty, the Khaljis, and the Tughlaqs, and ends with the sixth year of Firoz Shah Tughlaq's reign. Information regarding Balban's dynasty was supplied to Barani by his father, grandfather and others who held important offices in the regime, while from the period of Jalal ud Din Khalji the account is based on Barani's personal observations. Unlike other histories of the period, Tarikh-i Firoz Shahi is not confined to an account of wars and the accession of rulers and is, in this regard, a welcome departure for taking into account the socio-economic conditions of the time and, thereby, providing a realistic portrait of society as it existed at that time.
'This revised and enlarged version was released in 1357 with six year's account of Firoz Shah's reign. Professor Ishtiaq Zilli has translated this enlarged second version and earned our gratitude.' - Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui, Shodhak