Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India's Most Controversial King
Stanford University Press, 2017 M05 16 - 152 pages
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RajivC - LibraryThing
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 ... Read full review
I am astounded that this author has had the audacity to imply that Aurangzeb was a benevolent ruler of India. His destruction of temples alone belies this fact. The author has chosen only selective sources as her references and has conveniently not quoted any that explicitly write about his religious fanaticism, forced conversions, inhumane tortures he subjected Hindu and Sikh leaders too, mass destruction of temples, etc. The list goes on.
This book is a joke. The author's only goal appears to be to whitewash Aurangzeb's cruelty and crimes.