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 … Supplicants from European courts literally begged for trading concessions from the Mughals. She just compiled what her ideological counterparts have been iterating, without verifying any of it. Must Read if you love Medi. I think Audrey tries too hard to make people like Aurangazeb. In this book Audrey Truschke takes up the challenge of addressing one of the most controversial figures of Indian history. To see what your friends thought of this book. Throughout the course she tried to explain that Aurangzeb was not an orthodox Muslim but was a potentate. 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. 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. 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. 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. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. He wanted to be a just king, a good Muslim, and a sustainer of Mughal culture and customs. The barbarism of his reign cannot be ignored but Aundrey Truschke choose to ignore and it. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 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. So, when this book was released, it held quite the appeal to me. Aurangzeb Alamgir, the sixth Mughal emperor, was also the last of the great ones, before the empire began to decline. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. This book is based on eight chapters. Aurangzeb. Il reprend alors sa première charge, s'ins… 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. 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. And just write a portion in his favour. 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, … Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658-1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. 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 … In this bold and captivating biography, Audrey Truschke enters the public debate with a fresh look at the controversial Mughal emperor. The book should be read in the spirit it was written- as a "preliminary" engagement/exploration of alternative understandings about Aurangzeb. 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. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot there is an … 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 organized his life as ruler of Hindustan around a few key ideals and preoccupations. 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 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. Is this book even worth of having a look? Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke aims to distinguish fact from propaganda. Truschke claims she has stepped forward from earl. 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. In it, Professor Zinn writes about the genocide of Cristopher Columbus’s genocide in America. Thoroughly enjoyed the book, for all Non- history Persons, its a very simple read. 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. Quite right. Shown from a different lens, one wonders and has so many questions left to be answered. Which is to say that we cannot afford to judge or hold dogmatic views when looking over our shoulder into the past. One of the most enthralling history books I ever read is Howard Zinn’s “A People's History of the United States”. 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. Short and academic writing doesn't make it a great book though. I have to say I have tremendous respect for her insight and balanced perspective. The administration of Delhi changed the name of Aurangzeb Road in the city to APJ Abdul Kalam Road in 2015. This is especially so, given Audrey's easy writing style. Read "Aurangzeb The Man and the Myth" by Audrey Truschke available from Rakuten Kobo. Wholesale whitewashing of Aurangzeb off all his heinous crimes is the outcome of this volume. Aurangzeb is often portrayed as a villain by the historians that don’t always heed to facts. The truth, as usual, is much more nuanced. History simplified. Author's hatred towards Hinduism was exposed on many platforms...i recommend this book to be recycled for sanitary napkins . 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. Thiusands of Shia Muslims were massacred in his reign purely on the basis of religious bigotry not political. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth – Review. Truschke does a great job in writing a fast-paced, highly readable account that I'd recommend to anyone. Truschke does a great job in writing a fast-paced, highly readable account that I'd recommend to anyone. 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. Person simplified. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Aurangzeb also headed an expansionist state and so … Some of the criticisms I see of this book accuse it of whitewashing Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb beheaded then. Boy, was this guy a complex person. This dislike comes out in more ways than one. Unfortunately, the primary source research of the book relies solely on printed editions and no new facts are mentioned anywhere. Aurangzeb Alamgir, the sixth Mughal emperor, was also the last of the great ones, before the empire began to decline. He was expansionist, but again that is nothing unexpected from someone in his position and in his day. 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. The author has amazing imagination and has come up with a fairytale book with a man named Aurangzeb as hero. It's short and that makes it accessible to most readers. 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. The Book begins with a chapter long disclaimer stating what the book is and isn't. At some junctions, the arguments are so wafer-thin that they are laughable. 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. Retrouvez Aurangzeb [Paperback] Audrey Truschke et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. 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! 3 Brown, Katherine Butler, “ Did Aurangzeb ban music? 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. This book's a good reference to know why. This is an interesting book. Aurangzeb: The Myth and The Man, started with a Twitter when somebody suggested her to write the biography of Aurangzeb. 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. Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth. 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. Aurangzeb est le troisième fils de l'empereur Shâh Jahân et de Mumtaz Mahal. 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. Enhances knowledge without weighing you down by dry details (or tedious footnotes). Of course,... Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658 1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. She's the author of Aurangzeb and Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit in the Mughal Court. 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 … In 'Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth', Audrey Truschke sifts popular imagination on the ruler's personal and political life from historical realities. : Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658-1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. History in India suffers from a perception extremity. She failed to bring out the fact that he carried against non-Muslims including Shia Muslims. I found this book to be an enjoyable and educational read. 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. Audrey Truschke is Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Rutgers University Newark. This is certainly not claiming to be an exhaustive "biography" or, "study". The author of this book specializes in Mughal history and Mughal Empire. It repeatedly crisscrosses in opposing directions, often contradicting the man and his ideas. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. Questions for the historiography of his reign ”, Modern Asian Studies, 41, 1 (2007). Maybe he was misjudged. 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. We’d love your help. 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. 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. I am no expert, but I feel that no compelling content should require so much contextualising. I want back, the time and money I spent on reading this rubbish. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. Her teaching and research interests focus on the cultural, imperial and intellectual history of early modern and modern India (c.1500-present). 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. 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. 5 min read. and presented us a history as they interpret and not history as it happened. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers—that Aurangzeb, a … Early Years The Indian Prince’s Childhood Aurangzeb Seized … 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. Very timely publication. Aurangzeb tried to be a just king in Medieval India, and one should not attempt to judge based on modern perspectives. 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. He was cruel, certainly, but so were other rulers at his time; he killed his brothe. Know him and then judge him. Wondering if Delhi will 1 day have Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi road to prove it’s secular credentials. 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. On the contrary, he was a just ruler, who didn’t discriminate between his subjects. 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. 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. Throughout the course she tried to explain that Aurangzeb was not an orthodox Muslim but was a potentate. Aurangzeb, the mighty arrogant ruler unveiled. Truschke claims she has stepped forward from earlier research (read Jadunath Sarkar’s) on Aurangzeb in this regard. But modern visions of Aurangzeb are more myth than reality. He was a controversial figure then, as now. Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University, Newark. Title: Aurangzeb: The Man And the Myth Author: Audrey Truschke Publisher: Penguin/Viking, 2017. And it's particularly alarming since such historical revisionism usually (if not always) comes to establish and fit today's propaganda. This book is a complete work of fiction. Comparing Aurangzeb, an Indian ruler, with ISIS – a terrorist organization tells us how negativity around Aurangzeb … 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. Her teaching and research interests focus on the cultural, imperial and intellectual history of early modern and modern India (c. 1500-present). 2 likes. Must Read if you love Medieval Indian History. February 10th 2017 This author is obsessed with Aurangzeb- one of the most vile mass murderers of Indian history. 1:33 PM Biography, History, India, Subcontinent No comments. while coming to the author, she is the coward of the 3rd grade who cannot even take criticism on social media. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. The stability of the foundation of sovereignty depends upon justice (‘adalat). All historical figures, heroes and villains are imperfect. She tried her best to put aside the bewilderment that Aurangzeb was very tyranny for non-Muslims. I will be writing a detailed rejoinder soon, but I would strongly advice against wasting your time on this book. The session titled “Aurangzeb Alamgir – Man and King – reassessing the longest ruling Mughal Emperor” was a talk … To find out more, you've got to unlearn all that was taught in school about him and start on a fresh new page. 20 pages into this book and I knew I was not going to like it. It's short and that makes it accessible to most readers. 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. This book deals with the most hated person in India, and offers a narrative as to how we are all wrong. ISIS beheads today. Penguin Random House India Private Limited. Its sad to see her trying to push her agenda as Indian history. This book is full of a false narrative to cover up the genocidal regime of Mughal invaders. She tried her best to put aside the bewilderment that Aurangzeb was very tyranny for non-Muslims. Being the sixth ruler of the Mughal Empire he named himself … If you care about serious, objective history, this book is pure rubbish. 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. He may not have been righteous but so weren't the other Mughals. I read what Aundrey Truschke wrote. 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 book should be read in the spirit it was written- as a "preliminary" engagement/exploration of alternative understandings about Aurangzeb. 2Early Years chapter abstract. This is an interesting book. I read what Aundrey Truschke wrote. I have to say I have tremendous respect for her insight and balanced perspective. she is a Mass Blocker ( blocks everyone who questions her). Welcome back. Aurangzeb, the man and the myth, is a concise biography of one of the most hated men in Indian history. Rather, the salient aspects which cover a broad sweep of what it meant to be an emperor of the dynasty are well put together. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. "Someone Else’s Sins Will Not Justify Your Sins", Thoroughly enjoyed the book, for all Non- history Persons, its a very simple read. 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. The best thing about heated public debates is that it pushes scholars to dig deeper to resolve thorny arguments in the public sphere. Aurangzeb did not showcase his extreme fanaticism in the early years of his rule. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It then spends another chapter telling us how it wants us to use the information presented to view Aurangzeb impartially. The basic premise of author's argument is that Aurangzeb … 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’. ‘Aurangzeb ki Aulad’ (progeny of Aurangzeb) is an invective in Indi. 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. 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. The best thing about heated public debates is that it pushes scholars to dig deeper to resolve thorny arguments in the public sphere. 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. It is a fascinating biography of an emperor who continues to dominate the contemporary discourse on the Hindu-Muslim relationship and beyond. He was a controversial figure then, as now. Despite its erratic style, it does address certain myths about Aurangzeb. 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”. 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 … Overview of Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth Book. Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658–1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Authors who have no idea about what they are writing should refrain from glorifying tyrants. 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. 3 likes. 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 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. The barbarism of his rei. Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. 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. (To download our E-paper please click here . Book Review: Aurangzeb- The Man and The Myth by Audrey Truschke. At some junctions, the arguments are so wafer-thin that they are laughable. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. 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. This book is by a young author who seeks to clear the myths about the legendary king and bring out the truth. Up the challenge of addressing one of the modern caricatures of this ruler. 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