Aurangzeb is remembered for razing Hindu temples, forcing conversions, and banning music outright. Maxwell Carter reviews ‘Aurangzeb’ by Audrey Truschke.
Some eight decades before Elizabeth I granted the English East India Co. its charter—and, for that matter, before Henry VIII ever set eyes on Anne Boleyn—the Mughals, Turkic-Muslim descendants of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan, marched southeast from modern-day Uzbekistan into the Punjab. Across six generations, until their precipitous 18th-century decline, the Mughals conquered much of the subcontinent and synthesized Central and South Asian aesthetic, spiritual and social traditions, leaving behind splendid miniature paintings, exquisitely proportioned tombs and fresh-as-paint chronicles of court life....Read more
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