Category: Books

History of History

A very special thing about Mr. S. M. Jaffar is that he used to relate history of philosophy. Among his best work on history is the first volume of the book “History of History” which was published during his lifetime and the remaining nine volumes were in process when he died.

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The Mughal Empire: from Babar to Aurangzeb

There have been a lot of books written on the Muslim Period of Indian History in India but most of them only add hatred and bigotry. Most of the authors have written with exaggeration, distortion and limited display of facts. So it was a need of the day to produce the historic facts to expand communal harmony, so Mr. S. M. Jaffar produced this great book that shares the actual historic facts about Mughal Empire. Mr. S. M. Jaffar was an aficionado of Mughal Empire but yet he didn’t forget to be a true historian and did honest criticism on the policies and administration of the Mughal emperors. It was first published in 1936 and now after 87 years it is again being published by Gandhara Hindko Academy in 2019. There are 442 pages in the book and it is available at the cost of Rs. 1000/- (50 $).

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Education in Muslim India

This book is a phenomenal work of history based on the issues revolving around Muslims of India in respect of education. The author has dealt the matter from Medieval India to the Mughal Empire. The authored discussed in details the reasons that why Muslims were too far behind the Hindus or other communities in getting modern education. Mr. S. M. Jaffar authored this treat to read book for history lovers. It was first published in 1936, than its 2nd edition was published in 1972. Now Gandhara Hindko Academy is publishing its third edition in 2019. This 261 paged book is available for Rs. 1000/- (50 $).

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An Introduction of the Peshawar Museum: Peshawar Illustrated

Author of the book Mr. S. M. Jaffar was Professor of History at Islamia College, Peshawr. He was also the Director of the Department of Archives in Peshawar and the Director of the Peshawar Museum. Peshawar Museum has the largest collection of Gandhara Greco-Buddhist art in the world. There were 4247 Gandhara pieces, including Buddhist stone sculptures and panels, stucco sculptures, terracotta figurines, relic caskets and toiletry objects. Jaffar has introduced the Peshawar Museum in a very interesting way. This book is a treat for the people who have interest in antiques and their preservation. Gandhara Hindko Academy has published second edition in 2018 of this book containing 167 pages. The price of the book is Rs. 500/- (50 $).

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Peshawar: Past and Present

Mr. Sardar Mohammad Jaffar also known as Jaffar Lala was a profolic author. He has more than hundred books published on his credit. Peshawar: Past and Present is one of his famous scholarly contributions. Eminent historian R. C. Majumdar say about this book, “I have read with great interest and profit Peshawar: Past and Present’ by S. M. Jaffar. The book gives a short account of the history and antiquities of Peshawar and surrounding regions. The author has brought together much useful information on this very important subject and anyone, who wants to visit this region, will find a very valuable help and guide in this work. The book deals separately with the monuments of the different periods and discussed the various problems connected with them. Readers will thus get an adequate idea of Brahamanical, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh and the British Monuments with which the region bounds”.  

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Medieval India Under Muslim Kings Volume II: The Rise and Fall of the Ghaznawids

This beautiful piece of written history was author by famous historian from Peshawar i.e. Mr. S. M. Jaffar. Though the book deals with medieval India but help from modern day historian’s work was also got. The book described the conquests in Central India like Sultan Mahmood the Great-I through VI. He elaborated their reigns, their life, their character etc. it’s very interesting to read the Ghaznwid’s way Govering India, their Revenue System, taxes, Famine Relief and cultural progress. This astonishing work on Indian Medieval History was published for the first time in 1940 and now its second edition is published by Gandhara Hindko Academy in 2019. There are 287 pages in the book and the price of the book is Rs. 1000/- (50 $).

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Islamic Culture [Islamic Way of Life]: It’s Ideological Basis [Quran & Sunnah]

Mr. S. M. Jaffar  a Professor of History was a great son of soil. His intelligence and command on his subject was not a hidden truth. Different universities from around the world used to invite him for delivering lectures as a visiting professor. This book is a collection of his lectures that he delivered at the Centre of the Study of Civilization and Culture of Iran and the Middle East in the University of Tehran in 1963-64. The topics of the lectures were very interesting like Concepts of the Culture, Science of Culture, Ancient and Modern Islamic Culture, Synthesis of Culture and many more. The book got published for the first time in 1967 and now the second edition is published by Gandhara Hindko Academy in 2018. There are 292 pages in the book and the book is available for Rs. 500/- (50 $).

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Historical Wealth of North-West Frontier Province [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa]

Mr. Sardar Mohammad Jaffar also known as Jaffar Lala is a world class historian, writer and archeologist. He gave a philosophical touch to history. He was a member of many national and international socities including Royal Historical Society London, the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, the Indian History Congress and the Indian Historical Record Commission. This book is a really valuable work on the Historical Wealth of NWFP. It not only introduces this priceless wealth but also emphasizes on how to carefully preserve it. This book was published for the first time in 1952 and now the second edition is published in 2018 by Gandhara Hindko Academy. The book contains 101 pages and the price of the book is Rs. 300/- (30 $).

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Views and Review on the Peshawar Museum

This book ensues and conveys a fair and faithful review of the Peshawar Museum first through the views and reviews of those who have seen it and recorded their remarks on its different features and then this book goes through the illustrations of photographic reproductions of its exhibits and then the author himself expresses his own feelings which is based on his hand on experience of History and association with the institution. The book is authored by S. M. Jaffar in 1960s and its first edition was published in 1969. Now in 2018 a team composed of two members i.e. Mr. Ahmad Salim and Muhammad Zia-ud-Din at Gandhara Hindko Academy edited the book and published it again. The book consists 87 pages its price is Rs. 300/- (10 $).

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Indian Historical Records: Commission Proceedings of Meetings Vol. XXII

This book is a compilation of the proceedings of meeting of Indian Historical Records Commission. This is about Twenty-Second Meeting held at Peshawar in October 1945. It was compiled by a great historian Mr. S. M. jaffar. The book was first published in 1945 by the Govt. of India Press, New Delhi and now its second edition is published by the Gandhara Hindko Academy in 2019. There are 186 pages in the book and the price of the book is Rs. 1000 (50 $).

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Kashmir Sold and Resold

Mr. S. M. Jaffar is an author of the caliber that his books should be considered as the “Scholarly Heritage of Pakistan”. The author himself considers this book as a “Labor of Love”.  In this book he paid tribute to the priceless sacrifices’ offered by Pak forces. He started his discussion from the emergence of Pakistan and gone through the ideological basis of Indian politics. He described the Hindu Muslim relationship during Muslim rule and also in British Raj.  He also elaborated the Ideological basis of Pakistan. He tried to give the answer to the queries about the Kashmir disputes. This fantastic book was published for the first time in 1992 and now in 2019 the Gandhara Hindko Academy is publishing this book under the supervision of Mr. Muhammad Zia-Ud-Din for the 2nd time. There are 342 pages in the book and the book is available on the cost of Rs. 1000/- (50 $).

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Some Cultural Aspects of Muslim Rule in India

Muslims have ruled India over centuries. They arrived to India from different foreign locations or countries thus transferred with them the cultural impacts of their homeland and also Islam. So Islam had a long-term impact and contribution on Indian culture. Author Mr. S. M. jaffar says in the book that in “The Cultural Heritage of India” a book published in three bulky volumes every aspect of Hindu culture is discussed but there is only a single chapter on “Islamic Culture”. So it was considered by author of top priority to produce a book which enlightens the impacts of Islam and contribution of Muslim on the cultural dimensions of India. The book discusses different cultural aspects of Islam on India such as the State, the Administrative System, the Education, Fine Arts, Music, Social Life and Religion etc. This classic work on Indian history was first published in 1939 and in 2019 it is again being published by Gandhara Hindko Academy. There are 260 pages in the book and the price of the book is Rs. 1000/- (50 $).

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