I read what Aundrey Truschke wrote. Author has whitewashed the mughal history. Refresh and try again. We’d love your help. ‘Aurangzeb ki Aulad’ (progeny of Aurangzeb) is an invective in India which one hurls against his opponent in the heat of the argument. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot there is an … Aurangzeb Alamgir, the sixth Mughal emperor, was also the last of the great ones, before the empire began to decline. Truschke does a great job in writing a fast-paced, highly readable account that I'd recommend to anyone. She tried her best to put aside the bewilderment that Aurangzeb was very tyranny for non-Muslims. 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. The administration of Delhi changed the name of Aurangzeb Road in the city to APJ Abdul Kalam Road in 2015. This book deals with the most hated person in India, and offers a narrative as to how we are all wrong. Enhances knowledge without weighing you down by dry details (or tedious footnotes). 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. Comparing Aurangzeb, an Indian ruler, with ISIS – a terrorist organization tells us how negativity around Aurangzeb … Boy, was this guy a complex person. She failed to bring out the fact that he carried against non-Muslims including Shia Muslims. Rather, the salient aspects which cover a broad sweep of what it meant to be an emperor of the dynasty are well put together. 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. And it's particularly alarming since such historical revisionism usually (if not always) comes to establish and fit today's propaganda. He was cruel, certainly, but so were other rulers at his time; he killed his brothers to take the throne, but so did his predecessors; he crushed any who tried to stand up against the empire or against him but that again was not extraordinary; he was perhaps more religious than his predecessors but that was not something that affected the way he ruled as much as is made out to be. 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. 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’. And just write a portion in his favour. 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. Supplicants from European courts literally begged for trading concessions from the Mughals. He was cruel, certainly, but so were other rulers at his time; he killed his brothe. while coming to the author, she is the coward of the 3rd grade who cannot even take criticism on social media. In this book Audrey Truschke takes up the challenge of addressing one of the most controversial figures of Indian history. She tried her best to put aside the bewilderment that Aurangzeb was very tyranny for non-Muslims. Penguin Random House India Private Limited. Its sad to see her trying to push her agenda as Indian history. 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. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Being the sixth ruler of the Mughal Empire he named himself … Which is to say that we cannot afford to judge or hold dogmatic views when looking over our shoulder into the past. The Mughals ruled over a vast empire, whose population outstripped the entirety of Europe in 1600. Early Years The Indian Prince’s Childhood Aurangzeb Seized … In this bold and captivating biography, Audrey Truschke enters the public debate with a fresh look at the controversial Mughal emperor. I have to say I have tremendous respect for her insight and balanced perspective. 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 modern and modern India. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. The book should be read in the spirit it was written- as a "preliminary" engagement/exploration of alternative understandings about Aurangzeb. 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. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers—that Aurangzeb, a … At some junctions, the arguments are so wafer-thin that they are laughable. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth. 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. And with the ringing in of 2021, we will come to the end of this year's Goodreads Reading Challenge. Check out the new look and enjoy easier access to your favorite features. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion Aurangzeb also headed an expansionist state and so … 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. This dislike comes out in more ways than one. Short and academic writing doesn't make it a great book though. 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 … 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. 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. Welcome back. 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. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. 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. 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. But modern visions of Aurangzeb are more myth than reality. 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. Know him and then judge him. Aurangzeb did not showcase his extreme fanaticism in the early years of his rule. 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. 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. A biography deserves more, it deserves analysis and in depth discussion about the person and his outlook. This is an interesting book. 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, … To see what your friends thought of this book. Also our views are colored by the early historians who were mostly British (and possibly on the payroll of the company!) History in India suffers from a perception extremity. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658 1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth – Review. This dislike comes out in more ways than one. Thoroughly enjoyed the book, for all Non- history Persons, its a very simple read. Shown from a different lens, one wonders and has so many questions left to be answered. The barbarism of his reign cannot be ignored but Aundrey Truschke choose to ignore and it. Her teaching and research interests focus on the cultural, imperial and intellectual history of early modern and modern India (c.1500-present). I will be. Our need to revisit history, subject, and examine pasts based on today's morals and standards have spoiled much of historical accounts. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. —Gaurav C Sawant, Executive Editor, India Today. 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 … Author's hatred towards Hinduism was exposed on many platforms...i recommend this book to be recycled for sanitary napkins . He wanted to be a just king, a good Muslim, and a sustainer of Mughal culture and customs. Aurangzeb. Title: Aurangzeb: The Man And the Myth Author: Audrey Truschke Publisher: Penguin/Viking, 2017. Myth looms over the Truth. Audrey Truschke and F.S. Aurangzeb tried to be a just king in Medieval India, and one should not attempt to judge based on modern perspectives. Either a king is good and great or he is vile and terrible. 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. Truschke does a great job in writing a fast-paced, highly readable account that I'd recommend to anyone. He was expansionist, but again that is nothing unexpected from someone in his position and in his day. ‘Aurangzeb ki Aulad’ (progeny of Aurangzeb) is an invective in Indi. 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. 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. ‘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. Aurangzeb: The Myth and The Man, started with a Twitter when somebody suggested her to write the biography of Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb ruled for almost 50 years leaving behind a contentious legacy. At some junctions, the arguments are so wafer-thin that they are laughable. The truth, as usual, is much more nuanced. Aurangzeb is a political scapegoat for Hindu nationalists, and unjustly so. This is certainly not claiming to be an exhaustive "biography" or, "study". 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. He was a controversial figure then, as now. Wondering if Delhi will 1 day have Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi road to prove it’s secular credentials. The stability of the foundation of sovereignty depends upon justice (‘adalat). The barbarism of his rei. 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. 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. Aurangzeb, the mighty arrogant ruler unveiled. And in this book the author has tried to unravel the complex personality of Aurangzeb, without showing any kind of bias. 2 likes. Aurangzeb Alamgir, a pivotal figure in the Indian medieval past, is often shrouded in the mystery of a man or a myth - two visions of him feature in public discourse of India and Pakistan - Aurangzeb the Bigot and Aurangzeb the Pious. Must Read if you love Medi. Sadly, there is no middle path to understand the subtle shades of grey. 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”. she is a Mass Blocker ( blocks everyone who questions her). or later day Indian historians who came with their own baggage of political bias ( Pandit Nehru included !) There was this Mughal emperor by the same name who was more of a mass murderer, this book has no connection to that beast. 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. It is a fascinating biography of an emperor who continues to dominate the contemporary discourse on the Hindu-Muslim relationship and beyond. I want back, the time and money I spent on reading this rubbish. Aurangzeb ruled for forty-nine years over a population of 150 million people. 3 Brown, Katherine Butler, “ Did Aurangzeb ban music? This book is based on eight chapters. She failed to bring out the fact that he carried against non-Muslims including Shia Muslims. Throughout the course she tried to explain that Aurangzeb was not an orthodox Muslim but was a potentate. Aurangzeb, the man and the myth, is a concise biography of one of the most hated men in Indian history. He may not have been righteous but so weren't the other Mughals. Il reprend alors sa première charge, s'ins… Browse the world's largest eBookstore and start reading today on the web, tablet, phone, or ereader. Introducing Aurangzeb Unforgettable Aurangzeb The Myth of Aurangzeb the Villain Recovering Aurangzeb the Man 2. Authors who have no idea about what they are writing should refrain from glorifying tyrants. 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. It's short and that makes it accessible to most readers. 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. 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’s contemporaries included such kings as Charles II of England, Louis XIV of France, and Sultan Suleiman II of the Ottoman Empire. Throughout the course she tried to explain that Aurangzeb was not an orthodox Muslim but was a potentate. I dont care about the deification or demonization, but this work was just poorly researched, weak on facts. It repeatedly crisscrosses in opposing directions, often contradicting the man and his ideas. 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 Alamgir (r. 1658-1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. For those who want to know the real Mughals please read The naked Mughals by Vashi Sharma (. A long time ago, I had read a fiction based in the Mughal era, and I was head over heels in love with it. Is this book even worth of having a look? 20 pages into this book and I knew I was not going to like it. Dârâ Shikôh, son frère aîné, était le successeur désigné, Aurangzeb ne venant qu'en troisième dans l'ordre de succession. Aurangzeb tried to be a just king in Medieval India, and one should not attempt to judge based on modern perspectives. 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. This book is full of a false narrative to cover up the genocidal regime of Mughal invaders. Patent lies and uncalled for glorification. Her teaching and research interests focus on the cultural, imperial and intellectual history of early modern and modern India (c. 1500-present). Aurangzeb is often portrayed as a villain by the historians that don’t always heed to facts. Boy, was this guy a complex person. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. The best thing about heated public debates is that it pushes scholars to dig deeper to resolve thorny arguments in the public sphere. 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. 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. Audrey Truschke is Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Rutgers University Newark. History simplified. Aurangzeb organized his life as ruler of Hindustan around a few key ideals and preoccupations. ISIS beheads today. The author of this book specializes in Mughal history and Mughal Empire. Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Overview of Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth Book. The session titled “Aurangzeb Alamgir – Man and King – reassessing the longest ruling Mughal Emperor” was a talk … Thiusands of Shia Muslims were massacred in his reign purely on the basis of religious bigotry not political. In 'Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth', Audrey Truschke sifts popular imagination on the ruler's personal and political life from historical realities. Questions for the historiography of his reign ”, Modern Asian Studies, 41, 1 (2007). I have to say I have tremendous respect for her insight and balanced perspective. The book does indeed do much to dispel many myths about ... Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India's Most Controversial King, Penguin Random House India Private Limited, 2018. It then spends another chapter telling us how it wants us to use the information presented to view Aurangzeb impartially. Despite its erratic style, it does address certain myths about Aurangzeb. Unfortunately, the primary source research of the book relies solely on printed editions and no new facts are mentioned anywhere. Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University, Newark. If you care about serious, objective history, this book is pure rubbish. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Aurangzeb has been cast as an unmitigated villain by the British, a myth which has been enthusiastically adopted by Hindutva apologists to further their agenda of projecting Muslims as cruel bigots and ruthless killers. The best thing about heated public debates is that it pushes scholars to dig deeper to resolve thorny arguments in the public sphere. I found this book to be an enjoyable and educational read. [This petty historian should be trashed. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Someday, this year will end! The Book begins with a chapter long disclaimer stating what the book is and isn't. I read what Aundrey Truschke wrote. Aurangzeb Alamgir, the sixth Mughal emperor, was also the last of the great ones, before the empire began to decline. Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. 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. But as he strengthened his position, his worldview turned rigid. and presented us a history as they interpret and not history as it happened. The author has amazing imagination and has come up with a fairytale book with a man named Aurangzeb as hero. She's the author of Aurangzeb and Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit in the Mughal Court. To find out more, you've got to unlearn all that was taught in school about him and start on a fresh new page. 5 min read. 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! Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. 2Early Years chapter abstract. She just compiled what her ideological counterparts have been iterating, without verifying any of it. Enjoyed this one. 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. Aurangzeb est le troisième fils de l'empereur Shâh Jahân et de Mumtaz Mahal. In it, Professor Zinn writes about the genocide of Cristopher Columbus’s genocide in America. Aijazuddin. 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. Retrouvez Aurangzeb [Paperback] Audrey Truschke et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. He was a drunkard and charlatan. Recovering Aurangzeb the Man. He was a drunkard and charlatan. 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. by Penguin Random House India. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. Thiusands of Shia Muslims were massacred in his reign purely on the basis of religious bigotry not political. 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