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Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth (udgave 2017)

af Audrey Truschke (Author) (Forfatter)

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The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir is one of the most hated men in Indian history. Widely reviled as a religious fanatic who sought to violently oppress Hindus, he is even blamed by some for setting into motion conflicts that would result in the creation of a separate Muslim state in South Asia. In her lively overview of his life and influence, Audrey Truschke offers a clear-eyed perspective on the public debate over Aurangzeb and makes the case for why his often-maligned legacy deserves to be reassessed. Aurangzeb was arguably the most powerful and wealthiest ruler of his day. His nearly 50-year reign (1658-1707) had a profound influence on the political landscape of early modern India, and his legacy--real and imagined--continues to loom large in India and Pakistan today. Truschke evaluates Aurangzeb not by modern standards but according to the traditions and values of his own time, painting a picture of Aurangzeb as a complex figure whose relationship to Islam was dynamic, strategic, and sometimes contradictory. This book invites students of South Asian history and religion into the world of the Mughal Empire, framing the contemporary debate on Aurangzeb's impact and legacy in accessible and engaging terms.… (mere)
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Titel:Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth
Forfattere:Audrey Truschke (Author) (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin/Random House India (2017), 216 pages
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When history is weaponized for one's own politics and convenience, we need a dose of a reality check to know what is myth and truth. This book does that exactly.

I was worried if this would be an academic drag kind of read. To my surprise, this is a very readable book, crisp and clear in its intent. As a reader of Charu Nivedita's recent marvelous novel, Naan Thaan Aurangzeb, I found many things repetitive. But still, this book is a really good entry point for anyone interested in the life, stories, and mythology around Aurangzeb. ( )
  Santhosh_Guru | Oct 19, 2023 |
A well-written, fast-paced, and mercifully brief account of the least liked of the Great Mughals. The author sets right many misconceptions and prejudices about this longest-lived of the Mughal dynasty. She contends that Aurangzeb was not any more bigoted than any of the other Muslim rulers in medieval India. However, the general judgement that he spent a whole lifetime in a futile effort to conquer the whole sub-continent, seems to be confirmed. The author's judgement that Aurangzeb's poor reputation where it concerns Muslim-Hindu relations, is due to misrepresentations and selective translations by colonial British persons, may be too facile. Ascribing all of his foibles (especially his staying in the south for decades to vanquish what were fellow Muslim-ruled states) to the weight of his Mughal inheritances, and to the times, absolves him completely of any defects in his strategic thinking or any myopia in his vision ir narrowness in his philosophy. The story of Aurangzeb, if not this particular account, should serve as a warning to India's current politicians and leaders of the dangers in creating a too ideologically narrow or a too over-powering state structure. ( )
  Dilip-Kumar | Aug 2, 2021 |
This is an interesting book. It's short and that makes it accessible to most readers. This is especially so, given Audrey's easy writing style.

The book does indeed do much to dispel many myths about Aurangzeb, and does indeed share a more balanced perspective of him. He had flaws, as do we. However, bigotry was not as much of a flaw, as his commitment to a long and wasteful war against the Marathas. It is this war that finally undermined the Mughal Empire, given that there was no stable successor after him.

However, history is a strange thing: when viewed from the distance of decades or centuries, distorted perceptions become reality.

One of the flaws of the book, is that Audrey does not dwell enough on Aurangzeb's flaws. She could have presented a more balanced picture of him had she done so

Nevertheless, it is an extremely good book. Many people should read it ( )
  RajivC | Jul 21, 2019 |
This is actually a very short work that provides a sweeping overview of some prominent aspects of Aurangzeb (Badshah Alamgir) of Hindustan. But then again the author's aim apparently is not to provide a comprehensive biography, but to provide a counter to the dominant imperial and nationalistic narratives that paint him as a religious zealot, a convenient demon for the vested interests of British colonialism and now Hindu nationalism. But as often is the case, Auragzeb and his reign are a lot more complex than his modern simplistic portraits and the author does a good job of showing it. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
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The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir is one of the most hated men in Indian history. Widely reviled as a religious fanatic who sought to violently oppress Hindus, he is even blamed by some for setting into motion conflicts that would result in the creation of a separate Muslim state in South Asia. In her lively overview of his life and influence, Audrey Truschke offers a clear-eyed perspective on the public debate over Aurangzeb and makes the case for why his often-maligned legacy deserves to be reassessed. Aurangzeb was arguably the most powerful and wealthiest ruler of his day. His nearly 50-year reign (1658-1707) had a profound influence on the political landscape of early modern India, and his legacy--real and imagined--continues to loom large in India and Pakistan today. Truschke evaluates Aurangzeb not by modern standards but according to the traditions and values of his own time, painting a picture of Aurangzeb as a complex figure whose relationship to Islam was dynamic, strategic, and sometimes contradictory. This book invites students of South Asian history and religion into the world of the Mughal Empire, framing the contemporary debate on Aurangzeb's impact and legacy in accessible and engaging terms.

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