Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India's Most Controversial by Audrey Truschke

By Audrey Truschke

The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir is without doubt one of the so much hated males in Indian historical past. greatly reviled as a spiritual enthusiast who sought to violently oppress Hindus, he's even blamed by means of a few for atmosphere into movement conflicts that might bring about the production of a separate Muslim kingdom in South Asia. In her vigorous review of his lifestyles and impact, Audrey Truschke bargains a clear-eyed viewpoint at the public debate over Aurangzeb and makes the case for why his often-maligned legacy merits to be reassessed.
Aurangzeb used to be arguably the main strong and wealthiest ruler of his day. His approximately 50-year reign (1658–1707) had a profound impression at the political panorama of early sleek India, and his legacy—real and imagined—continues to loom huge in India and Pakistan this present day. Truschke evaluates Aurangzeb no longer by way of sleek criteria yet based on the traditions and values of his personal time, portray an image of Aurangzeb as a posh determine whose dating to Islam used to be dynamic, strategic, and occasionally contradictory. This e-book invitations scholars of South Asian historical past and faith into the area of the Mughal Empire, framing the modern debate on Aurangzeb's influence and legacy in available and fascinating terms.

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