Aligarh: The ongoing process of reorganization of manuscripts at Maulana Azad Library, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has revealed some hidden treasure in the form of museum pieces including a sword of Moghal Emperor Aurangzeb, according to the university officials.
A close look revealed that a couplet in old Persian is engraved on the sword in gold indicating that the same was presented to Aurangzeb.
Another piece is a Pen Stand made of Sapphire gifted by the King Nadirshah of Afganistan to the then Vice-Chancellor of AMU in 1933.
Such pieces along with 350 recently discovered manuscripts and an equal number of sale deeds (1602 AD – 1800 AD) were put on display.
The Maulana Azad Library is particularly known for its oriental collection including 16 thousands manuscripts, a large number of which belongs to rarest of the rare category, the officials said.
It also has a fragment of Holy Quran written in ‘Khat-e-Kufi’ on parchment, which is claimed to be inscribed by Hazrat Ali (the 4th Caliph of Islam), 1400 years ago.
Besides, several royal decrees of Mughal Emperors namely Babar, Akbar, Shahjahan, Shah Alam, Aurangzeb etc and translation of Sanskrit works as Mahapuran, Bhagwad Geeta, Mahabharta and Leelawati in Persian by Abul Faiz Faizi, a scholar of eminence in the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar also form the core of this all important National Asset.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the Library Committee of Maulana Azad Library was held in the Cultural Hall of Maulana Azad Library to discuss various issues pertaining to the smooth functioning of Maulana Azad Library.
Prof. Husain informed during the meeting that the library is now working to connect the entire 100 departmental libraries as well as the libraries of Murshidabad and Mallapuram Centre with Maulana Azad Library under a network, named as ‘AMULIBNET’.