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Full text of "The Dabistan"

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but when it was repeated, unable to resist, be girt
himself for the war against the infidels.

Bayezid was contemporary with the lord Mirza
Muhammed Hakim, the son of the lord Humayiiri
Padshah. The author of this book has heard from
Mirza shah Muhammed, surnamed Ghazni Khan,
the following account: " It was in the year of the
" Hejira 949 (A. D. 1542-3), that Miyan Roshen
" gained strength and established his sect. My fa-
4' ther, ShdhBaighkdnArghiin, surnamed Khan-Dou-
" ran, said, he saw Mi van Bayezid before his rising
" in rebellion, when he was brought to the court of
" Mirza Muhammed Hakim, and the learned were
" confounded in the dispute with him, wherefore
" they let him take his departure on equitable
" terms."1 In the beginning of the year of the

1 Bayezid, after having obtained the adherence of several tribes of the
Afghans, established himself in Hashtanagar, " eight townships," in the
middle of Pokhtanga, or Afghanistan, perhaps the country of the ancient
Aspagani, mentioned by Pliny, and took his residence at Ealeder, in the
district of Ornate!, where he founded a city. From thence, under the
title of P^r roshan, " master of light," he issued proclamations to in-
crease the number of his followers. Having become formidable to the
government of the Moghuls, Mahsan khan ghazi, a chief of great merit,
by a sudden irruption into Hashtanagar, seized the person of Bayezid,
and carried him to Kabul, where, although at first subject to insult, he
owed his release to the intercession of some influential persons, favorably
disposed towards him. He then retired to the mountains of Totee, and
further to those of Tirah, perhaps the district of the ancient Thirai,
mentioned by Arrian. Such was soon the new increase of his forces, that
he dared proclaim his project to overthrow the power of the emperor