The Asaf Jahi State was a great centre of Islamic learning in the 18{+t}{+h}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.