Turkman, Aḥmad al-ʿUmri

Little is known of the life of Aḥmad al-ʿUmri Turkman. He was in the service of one of Mughal emperor Akbar’s commanders and lived until the early years of Jahangir’s reign. Aḥmad al-ʿUmri Turkman is known for his work on the love between Bāz Bahādur and his mistress Rūpmatī composed ca. 1599/1008. (Bāz Bahādur was “the last ruler of Independent Mālwa before the Mughal conquest in the time of Akbar” and also “celebrated in popular legend for his love of his mistress Rūpmatī”.) In the introduction to his work, Aḥmad al-ʿUmri writes: “I, Āhmad-ul-Umri, Turkomān, chanced to visit the parts of Mālwa, to see other marvellous cites of Hindustān and to hear tales of wonder therein. Of these tales of astounding one is that of Bāz Bahādur and Rup Mati which befell in Mālwa”.


The Lady of the Lotus    

Rup Mati, Queen of Māndu.