This work is in twelve parts each dealing with various eminent persons, such as the companions of the Prophet, scholars, poets and sufis, among others, from the beginning of Islam to the rise of the Safavid Dynasty. Nurullah al-Shushtari left his native Persia for India. He was presented to the emperor Akbar and subsequently appointed Qadi of Lahore where he started the present work in AH 993/ 1585-86 AD. He was put to death on the orders of the Emperor Jahangir because of his religious beliefs.
There are 4 copies of this work in the British Library, see C. Rieu, Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum, vol. I, London, photolithographic reprint 1966, pp. 337-38, no. Add. 23,541.