Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
February 15, 2006
HISTORY: Aurangzeb

This is a bit long, and I'm never sure how fair or accurate Wikipedia's history is, but it's worth a reading at some length for a timely history lesson on a time and place when a zealous Muslim came to power in a largely non-Muslim empire, and inflicted terrible damage that eventually sent his empire into decline (a story with many parallels to Philip II of Spain) and ushered in the centuries of sectarian warfare in the Indian subcontinent that led, eventually, to the partition of India and the creation and later nuclear armament of Pakistan.

I probably knew this guy's story when I was a freshman in high school and studying the history of India among other Asian cultures, but if so I'd long since forgotten him.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:59 AM | History | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

There is an interesting follow up in the NY Times today, on the perceptual split between Arab and Asian Muslims.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at February 15, 2006 8:46 AM
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