aurangzeb: the man and the myth


Title: Aurangzeb: The Man And the Myth Author: Audrey Truschke Publisher: Penguin/Viking, 2017. by Penguin Random House India. 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. A revisionist history of Aurangzeb that tries to portray him in a different light but fails, Old wine in an old bottle – that is the impression one feels after reading this small book on the last great Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. Also our views are colored by the early historians who were mostly British (and possibly on the payroll of the company!) Il reprend alors sa première charge, s'ins… Boy, was this guy a complex person. The best thing about heated public debates is that it pushes scholars to dig deeper to resolve thorny arguments in the public sphere. Aurangzeb tried to be a just king in Medieval India, and one should not attempt to judge based on modern perspectives. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Truschke does a great job in writing a fast-paced, highly readable account that I'd recommend to anyone. Penguin Random House India Private Limited. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers—that Aurangzeb, a … Dârâ Shikôh, son frère aîné, était le successeur désigné, Aurangzeb ne venant qu'en troisième dans l'ordre de succession. Aurangzeb like all had many faults, but not that we often accuse him of, being a religious bigot and fanatic as the book constantly draws our attention to these facts. Wondering if Delhi will 1 day have Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi road to prove it’s secular credentials. or later day Indian historians who came with their own baggage of political bias ( Pandit Nehru included !) The basic premise of author's argument is that Aurangzeb … It repeatedly crisscrosses in opposing directions, often contradicting the man and his ideas. She just compiled what her ideological counterparts have been iterating, without verifying any of it. Aurangzeb was well known in the higher echelons of England at that time as evidenced in the heroic tragedy Aureng-zebe penned by the poet laureate John Dryden in 1675. Must Read if you love Medi. He was a controversial figure then, as now. Supplicants from European courts literally begged for trading concessions from the Mughals. 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 … 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. “Aurangzeb’s contemporaries included such kings as Charles II of England, Louis XIV of France, and Sultan Suleiman II of the Ottoman Empire. Son père le nomme gouverneur du Dekkan de 1636 à 1644, puis du Goujerat en 1645 et de l'Afghanistan en 1647 avec la charge de reprendre la ville de Kandahâr, mission dans laquelle il échoue. And the reason for this dislikeness for him is that, Aurangzeb, was considered as a bigot, killer of hindus, who demolished uncountable number of hindu and jain temples, who imposed the jizya tax on Hindus, and the brutality with which he killed his own … 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. At some junctions, the arguments are so wafer-thin that they are laughable. while coming to the author, she is the coward of the 3rd grade who cannot even take criticism on social media. To find out more, you've got to unlearn all that was taught in school about him and start on a fresh new page. We’d love your help. The author has amazing imagination and has come up with a fairytale book with a man named Aurangzeb as hero. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. Some of the criticisms I see of this book accuse it of whitewashing Aurangzeb. Thoroughly enjoyed the book, for all Non- history Persons, its a very simple read. 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. ― Audrey Truschke, Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth. Enhances knowledge without weighing you down by dry details (or tedious footnotes). Aurangzeb is considered by many to be a religious bigot, who destroyed Hindu temples, killed a Sikh guru during his reign, and overall had negative attitude toward non-muslims in India. I have to say I have tremendous respect for her insight and balanced perspective. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke aims to distinguish fact from propaganda. Retrouvez Aurangzeb [Paperback] Audrey Truschke et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. ‘Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth’ — separating exaggerations from truth The Mughals played a legendary role in the history of the Indian subcontinent while leaving strong marks on the political, social, religious and literary developments of this region. 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. 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. 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. No one argues that he was otherwise than these things but overall I felt the author has done a great job at trying to present a balanced picture, rather than the exaggerated one of popular myths and images. Thiusands of Shia Muslims were massacred in his reign purely on the basis of religious bigotry not political. Aurangzeb ruled for forty-nine years over a population of 150 million people. Aurangzeb tried to be a just king in Medieval India, and one should not attempt to judge based on modern perspectives. 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. Aurangzeb, the man and the myth, is a concise biography of one of the most hated men in Indian history. 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. The author of this book specializes in Mughal history and Mughal Empire. Book Review: Aurangzeb- The Man and The Myth by Audrey Truschke. ‘Aurangzeb ki Aulad’ (progeny of Aurangzeb) is an invective in Indi. 2 The most recent of these interventions is Truschke, Audrey ’s even-handed Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth (New Delhi, 2017), which cites an earlier version of this article. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. Author has whitewashed the mughal history. And it's particularly alarming since such historical revisionism usually (if not always) comes to establish and fit today's propaganda. 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. There was this Mughal emperor by the same name who was more of a mass murderer, this book has no connection to that beast. Aurangzeb is often portrayed as a villain by the historians that don’t always heed to facts. In this short and very readable bio, the author tries to demystify him and present him for what he was, rather than simply a tyrant. Short and academic writing doesn't make it a great book though. Aurangzeb like all had many faults, but not that we often accuse him of, being a religious bigot and fanatic as the book constantly draws our attention to these facts. The barbarism of his reign cannot be ignored but Aundrey Truschke choose to ignore and it. And in this book the author has tried to unravel the complex personality of Aurangzeb, without showing any kind of bias. 3 likes. And with the ringing in of 2021, we will come to the end of this year's Goodreads Reading Challenge. I will be writing a detailed rejoinder soon, but I would strongly advice against wasting your time on this book. 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. Notes: The book “Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth” has been authored by historian Audrey Truschke that retells the complex and contested life of the sixth Mughal emperor “Aurangzeb”. 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 ki Aulad’ (progeny of Aurangzeb) is an invective in India which one hurls against his opponent in the heat of the argument. Her teaching and research interests focus on the cultural, imperial and intellectual history of early modern and modern India (c.1500-present). 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. A well produced volume, almost monograph sized - focusing specifically on the modern narrative around Aurangzeb and providing a solid list of reading material should one decide to follow through and learn more. The truth, as usual, is much more nuanced. Maybe not. To see what your friends thought of this book. Aurangzeb beheaded then. He was expansionist, but again that is nothing unexpected from someone in his position and in his day. 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. Truschke does a great job in writing a fast-paced, highly readable account that I'd recommend to anyone. 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. And just write a portion in his favour. 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. The book should be read in the spirit it was written- as a "preliminary" engagement/exploration of alternative understandings about Aurangzeb. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. He was a drunkard and charlatan. Truschke claims she has stepped forward from earl. Quite right. 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. [This petty historian should be trashed. History in India suffers from a perception extremity. Must Read if you love Medieval Indian History. Welcome back. This book's a good reference to know why. 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. The session titled “Aurangzeb Alamgir – Man and King – reassessing the longest ruling Mughal Emperor” was a talk … Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University, Newark. Author's hatred towards Hinduism was exposed on many platforms...i recommend this book to be recycled for sanitary napkins . For those who want to know the real Mughals please read The naked Mughals by Vashi Sharma (. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At some junctions, the arguments are so wafer-thin that they are laughable. 1:33 PM Biography, History, India, Subcontinent No comments. For surely, we cannot claim to know or even entirely comprehend every facet, incentive, or reason for why things happened the way they did, much less the minds of those who decided the course of history. It then spends another chapter telling us how it wants us to use the information presented to view Aurangzeb impartially. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Audrey Truschke and F.S. All he needed was a provocation, which he got when Shivaji escaped from the Agra jail in 1666, and an opportunity, which he got after the death of Raja Jai Singh in 1667, whose presence in Aurangzeb's … The book should be read in the spirit it was written- as a "preliminary" engagement/exploration of alternative understandings about Aurangzeb. The author, Audrey Truschke is an assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University in New Jersey who focuses on the cultural, imperial and intellectual history of early mo. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth – Review. Which is to say that we cannot afford to judge or hold dogmatic views when looking over our shoulder into the past. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book is based on eight chapters. 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’. Thiusands of Shia Muslims were massacred in his reign purely on the basis of religious bigotry not political. : Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658-1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. She failed to bring out the fact that he carried against non-Muslims including Shia Muslims. The Book begins with a chapter long disclaimer stating what the book is and isn't. It is not in my position to comment on the need and intent behind writing this book but it definitely is not a book that should be read if a genuine opinion is to be formed. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke Read time: about 4 minutes C over buys are a real thing, and if you as a bibliophile are going to deny it, I for one, am not buying it! Early Years The Indian Prince’s Childhood Aurangzeb Seized … 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. He was cruel, certainly, but so were other rulers at his time; he killed his brothe. Unfortunately, the primary source research of the book relies solely on printed editions and no new facts are mentioned anywhere. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion A biography deserves more, it deserves analysis and in depth discussion about the person and his outlook. Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. No one asserts that these historical figures were ‘good rulers’ under present-day norms because it makes little sense to assess the past by contemporary criteria. The book does indeed do much to dispel many myths about ... Read full review, Book doesn't mention any mughal atrocities on non Muslims and is extremely biased. A long time ago, I had read a fiction based in the Mughal era, and I was head over heels in love with it. 2Early Years chapter abstract. The barbarism of his rei. 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. Noté /5. Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Old wine in an old bottle – that is the impression one feels after reading this small book on the last great Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. Truschke claims she has stepped forward from earlier research (read Jadunath Sarkar’s) on Aurangzeb in this regard. Just because the emperor treated his non-Muslim, non-Sunni subjects so badly, his name is revered in Pakistan and other places where jihadists exert their vicious influence. Its sad to see her trying to push her agenda as Indian history. 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. All historical figures, heroes and villains are imperfect. This is especially so, given Audrey's easy writing style. Introducing Aurangzeb Unforgettable Aurangzeb The Myth of Aurangzeb the Villain Recovering Aurangzeb the Man 2. This chapter argues that we ought to put aside modern imaginations of Aurangzeb and instead recover the historical Aurangzeb, a pivotal figure in South Asian history. Myth looms over the Truth. 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. 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. Overview of Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth Book. "Someone Else’s Sins Will Not Justify Your Sins", Thoroughly enjoyed the book, for all Non- history Persons, its a very simple read. It is a fascinating biography of an emperor who continues to dominate the contemporary discourse on the Hindu-Muslim relationship and beyond. she is a Mass Blocker ( blocks everyone who questions her). Aurangzeb organized his life as ruler of Hindustan around a few key ideals and preoccupations. Aurangzeb, the mighty arrogant ruler unveiled. She tried her best to put aside the bewilderment that Aurangzeb was very tyranny for non-Muslims. Very timely publication. Patent lies and uncalled for glorification. The stability of the foundation of sovereignty depends upon justice (‘adalat). Of course,... Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Its like someone trying to portray Hitler as a hero.If there was a way to give negative rating to this book I would have. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. In 'Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth', Audrey Truschke sifts popular imagination on the ruler's personal and political life from historical realities. But what she had panned is worthy of reading. —Maxim for rulers, quoted approvingly by Aurangzeb. This book is by a young author who seeks to clear the myths about the legendary king and bring out the truth. This book is not a biography per se, but an attempt to discard the popular image of him which exists in this age; instead, to understand a historical emperor in a historical sense. I read what Aundrey Truschke wrote. Someday, this year will end! It's short and that makes it accessible to most readers. In this book Audrey Truschke takes up the challenge of addressing one of the most controversial figures of Indian history. Enjoyed this one. 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 … The Mughals ruled over a vast empire, whose population outstripped the entirety of Europe in 1600. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658 1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. In this bold and captivating biography, Audrey Truschke enters the public debate with a fresh look at the controversial Mughal emperor. ISIS beheads today. 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. explained Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth Epub ⚡ Aurangzeb Alamgir r , the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today 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, w. Refresh and try again. Either a king is good and great or he is vile and terrible. Sadly, there is no middle path to understand the subtle shades of grey. 20 pages into this book and I knew I was not going to like it. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth. 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. Throughout the course she tried to explain that Aurangzeb was not an orthodox Muslim but was a potentate. Shown from a different lens, one wonders and has so many questions left to be answered. She failed to bring out the fact that he carried against non-Muslims including Shia Muslims. Aurangzeb ruled for almost 50 years leaving behind a contentious legacy. He may not have been righteous but so weren't the other Mughals. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658-1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Despite its erratic style, it does address certain myths about Aurangzeb. This author is obsessed with Aurangzeb- one of the most vile mass murderers of Indian history. Is this book even worth of having a look? This book is a complete work of fiction. He wanted to be a just king, a good Muslim, and a sustainer of Mughal culture and customs. 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