The Asaf Jahi State was a great centre of Islamic learning in the 18 century, and it was Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh ruler, who transformed it into a modern vibrant State, said John Zubrzycki, critically acclaimed writer-journalist.

Presenting a talk on ‘Weaving Together History and Biography of the Nizams’ at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) here on Friday, Mr. Zubrzycki said there was tremendous development in education, industry, economy and business then which was unparalleled.

Mr. Zubrzycki recently authored the book, ‘The Mysterious Mr. Jacob’, according to a press release issued by MANUU.

The book narrates the intriguing story of a Simla jeweller, Alexander Malcolm Jacob, who shot to fame when he tried to sell the world’s largest diamond to India’s richest prince Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, the release added.

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