Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658-1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. “Aurangzeb’s contemporaries included such kings as Charles II of England, Louis XIV of France, and Sultan Suleiman II of the Ottoman Empire. 2Early Years chapter abstract. The sort of cherry-picking of facts that this book employs is adequate to convince the lay reader that Aurangzeb was one of the most pious rulers to have ever walked the face of this Earth. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers—that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot—there is an untold side to him as a man. Thiusands of Shia Muslims were massacred in his reign purely on the basis of religious bigotry not political. This book is based on eight chapters. I did not find this to be the case, it acknowledges the atrocities the Emperor committed but also paid tribute to the positives of his reign. Audrey Truschke makes some compelling arguments in favour of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb; through various examples and written evidence she offers us a fresh perspective on a controversial and often reviled figure. Dârâ Shikôh, son frère aîné, était le successeur désigné, Aurangzeb ne venant qu'en troisième dans l'ordre de succession. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. These perversions would undoubtedly appeal to the honorary members of the Irfan Habib fan club, but they do a great disservice to history and academia. I had picked up this book just to render some kind of a perspective to my in-parallel reading on this subject but this book is not just blatantly vicious but also from the word go, feels motivated. If you care about serious, objective history, this book is pure rubbish. The barbarism of his rei. Aurangzeb, the man and the myth, is a concise biography of one of the most hated men in Indian history. Audrey Truschke and F.S. I have to say I have tremendous respect for her insight and balanced perspective. What it paints is a portrait of a man who was firstly driven by a ruthless sense of ambition, followed by an inconsistent desire to act "just" (easily superseded by that ambition) set in the historical context of Empires and dynasties. Aurangzeb beheaded then. The basic premise of author's argument is that Aurangzeb … Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. He may not have been righteous but so weren't the other Mughals. But what she had panned is worthy of reading. In 'Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth', Audrey Truschke sifts popular imagination on the ruler's personal and political life from historical realities. Its sad to see her trying to push her agenda as Indian history. This is especially so, given Audrey's easy writing style. And with the ringing in of 2021, we will come to the end of this year's Goodreads Reading Challenge. Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University, Newark. "Someone Else’s Sins Will Not Justify Your Sins", Thoroughly enjoyed the book, for all Non- history Persons, its a very simple read. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke aims to distinguish fact from propaganda. I think Audrey tries too hard to make people like Aurangazeb. Comparing Aurangzeb, an Indian ruler, with ISIS – a terrorist organization tells us how negativity around Aurangzeb … Also our views are colored by the early historians who were mostly British (and possibly on the payroll of the company!) Sadly, there is no middle path to understand the subtle shades of grey. In her first book titled, ‘Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court’, she investigates the role of Sanskrit in Persian speaking Islamic Mughal courts. In this book Audrey Truschke takes up the challenge of addressing one of the most controversial figures of Indian history. The administration of Delhi changed the name of Aurangzeb Road in the city to APJ Abdul Kalam Road in 2015. The session titled “Aurangzeb Alamgir – Man and King – reassessing the longest ruling Mughal Emperor” was a talk … The barbarism of his reign cannot be ignored but Aundrey Truschke choose to ignore and it. Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Aijazuddin. —Maxim for rulers, quoted approvingly by Aurangzeb. There was this Mughal emperor by the same name who was more of a mass murderer, this book has no connection to that beast. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers—that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot—there is an untold side to him as a man who strove to be a just, worthy Indian king. while coming to the author, she is the coward of the 3rd grade who cannot even take criticism on social media. 20 pages into this book and I knew I was not going to like it. Shown from a different lens, one wonders and has so many questions left to be answered. He was a drunkard and charlatan. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. He was certainly not a person one can categorise easily, not one whose motivations are easy to understand and this is the picture one comes away with from this book. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Thiusands of Shia Muslims were massacred in his reign purely on the basis of religious bigotry not political. Her first book, Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court (Penguin, 2016) investigates the literary, social and political roles of Sanskrit as it thrived in the Persian-speaking, Islamic Mughal courts from 1560 to 1650. Aurangzeb was a man of his times, not ours.He was a man of studied contrasts and perplexing features.He did not hesitate to slaughter family members, or rip apart enemies, literally as was the case with Sambhaji.At the same time he swed prayer caps by hand and professed a desire to lead a pious muslim life.He was a connoisseur of music and even fell in love with HIrabai but beginning in midlife, deprived himself to the pleasure of musical arts.He built the largest mosque in the world but chose t. Aurangzeb was a man of his times, not ours.He was a man of studied contrasts and perplexing features.He did not hesitate to slaughter family members, or rip apart enemies, literally as was the case with Sambhaji.At the same time he swed prayer caps by hand and professed a desire to lead a pious muslim life.He was a connoisseur of music and even fell in love with HIrabai but beginning in midlife, deprived himself to the pleasure of musical arts.He built the largest mosque in the world but chose to be buried in an unmarked grave.He died having expanded the Mughal kingdom to its greatest extent in history and yet feared utter failure.Aurangzeb was a fascinating puzzle. Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. Quite right. And it's particularly alarming since such historical revisionism usually (if not always) comes to establish and fit today's propaganda. Book Review: Aurangzeb- The Man and The Myth by Audrey Truschke. Aurangzeb is a political scapegoat for Hindu nationalists, and unjustly so. One of the most enthralling history books I ever read is Howard Zinn’s “A People's History of the United States”. A historian’s task to this extent is doubly challenging: identifying the source material and putting aside one’s predispositions and prejudices in the task of interpreting the sources. This book's a good reference to know why. Refresh and try again. And in this book the author has tried to unravel the complex personality of Aurangzeb, without showing any kind of bias. It's short and that makes it accessible to most readers. To find out more, you've got to unlearn all that was taught in school about him and start on a fresh new page. Of all the Mughal kings, from Ẓahir-ud-Din Muhammad Babur to Bahadur Shah II, the life of Aurangzeb appears to be ‘a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. 3 likes. Introducing Aurangzeb Unforgettable Aurangzeb The Myth of Aurangzeb the Villain Recovering Aurangzeb the Man 2. A biography deserves more, it deserves analysis and in depth discussion about the person and his outlook. Author has whitewashed the mughal history. Aurangzeb tried to be a just king in Medieval India, and one should not attempt to judge based on modern perspectives. The aim of historical study is something else entirely.”, “Akbar took Brahmins to task for misrepresenting Hindu texts to lower castes and hoped that translating Sanskrit texts into Persian would prompt these (in his opinion) arrogant leaders to reform their ways.”, 32 Short, New Books to Help You CRUSH Your Reading Challenge. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion [This petty historian should be trashed. Short and academic writing doesn't make it a great book though. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published She failed to bring out the fact that he carried against non-Muslims including Shia Muslims. I read what Aundrey Truschke wrote. This book with 216 pages can be read at one go, unlike most historical texts, without any interruption created by confusing facts or complicated sentences. Boy, was this guy a complex person. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers-that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot-there is an untold side to him as a man who strove to be a just, worthy Indian king. Authors who have no idea about what they are writing should refrain from glorifying tyrants. One point that she makes persuasively is an entreaty to reconsider our condemnation of Aurangzeb - complex, multi-faceted king - based on modern Indian politics and the aggressive Hindu-Muslim narrative. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. But modern visions of Aurangzeb are more myth than reality. It gives an avant-garde perspective on Aurangzeb, who was the sixth Mughal Emperor held responsible for igniting the collapse of the Mughal Empire in India. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke Penguin, Rs 399 Any book on Aurangzeb Alamgir, the last of the great Mughal emperors, is always going to … This book deals with the most hated person in India, and offers a narrative as to how we are all wrong. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. ‘Aurangzeb ki Aulad’ (progeny of Aurangzeb) is an invective in Indi. Either a king is good and great or he is vile and terrible. Aurangzeb tried to be a just king in Medieval India, and one should not attempt to judge based on modern perspectives. This book is by a young author who seeks to clear the myths about the legendary king and bring out the truth. The author of this book specializes in Mughal history and Mughal Empire. Aurangzeb is often portrayed as a villain by the historians that don’t always heed to facts. Aurangzeb Alamgir, The sixth mughal emperor of hindustan, son of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, was the most controversial and hated Mughal ruler of India. She received her PhD in 2012 from Columbia University. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. This book with 216 pages can be read at one go, unlike most historical texts, without any interruption created by confusing facts or complicated sentences. Like “Akbar took Brahmins to task for misrepresenting Hindu texts to lower castes and hoped that translating Sanskrit texts into Persian would prompt these (in his opinion) arrogant leaders to reform their ways.” ― Audrey Truschke, Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth. Unfortunately, the primary source research of the book relies solely on printed editions and no new facts are mentioned anywhere. Supplicants from European courts literally begged for trading concessions from the Mughals. The author admits that some of it is true, however she challenged most of this narrative, by suggesting that Aurangzeb wasn't radically different from his predecessors. Aurangzeb est le troisième fils de l'empereur Shâh Jahân et de Mumtaz Mahal. All of India, with the exception of a bunch of Left-leaning career-historians, consider Aurangzeb as a tyrant who harassed and intimidated the non-Muslim, non-Sunni subjects in untold number of ways. Aurangzeb was a man of his times, not ours.He was a man of studied contrasts and perplexing features.He did not hesitate to slaughter family members, or rip apart enemies, literally as was the case with Sambhaji.At the same time he swed prayer caps by hand and professed a desire to lead a pious muslim life.He was a connoisseur of music and even fell in love with HIrabai but beginning in midlife, … Know him and then judge him. Someday, this year will end! He was a controversial figure then, as now. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot there is an … Enhances knowledge without weighing you down by dry details (or tedious footnotes). While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers—that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot—there is an untold side to him as a man who strove to be a just, worthy … Author's hatred towards Hinduism was exposed on many platforms...i recommend this book to be recycled for sanitary napkins . Wholesale whitewashing of Aurangzeb off all his heinous crimes is the outcome of this volume. I will be. Penguin Random House India Private Limited. Aurangzeb Alamgir, the sixth Mughal emperor, was also the last of the great ones, before the empire began to decline. 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