"Noor-ul- Haque Mashreqi's Zubdat-ut-Tawareekh": A source for the study of medieval India
Persian literature received a lot of attention as it was the official & court language during medieval era. A vast number of works were written during the Mughal period. Our understanding of the Mughal period greatly enhanced by these books and most of the historical works of this period provide us a fairly reliable source of informationís. After the foundation of Delhi Sultunate, The court of Delhi attracted the scholars, poets and artist from the outside of India specially from central Asia and Iran. The literature they produced mostly was in Persian, provides deep study about the religion and socio-cultural life of that era. Court patronized these scholars and appointed in Administration, Shahi Madarsas and other offices of state. In this period Madarsas and Khanqahas were became a prominent centre of Islamic culture. At the same time, the sufisilsilas or tariqat were also great asset to the general people of India. They play key function to bring Islam and other religion close to each other. The Sufi Khanqahas serving the people without any difference of caste, creed and religion. The Sufi Malfuzat (Sermons) is a valuable source to understand the medieval society.