By Shahid Amin

Few subject matters in South Asian historical past are as contentious as that of the Turkic conquest of the Indian subcontinent that started within the 12th century and ended in a protracted interval of Muslim rule. How is a historian imagined to write truthfully concerning the bloody background of the conquest with out falling into communitarian traps?

 

Conquest and Community is Shahid Amin's solution. masking greater than 8 hundred years of heritage, the ebook facilities at the enduringly renowned saint Ghazi Miyan, a younger soldier of Islam whose shrines are stumbled on far and wide India. Amin information the warrior saint’s mythical exploits, then tracks the various methods he has been venerated within the centuries because. The fascinating tales, ballads, and proverbs that grew up round Ghazi Miyan have been, Amin exhibits, a fashion of domesticating the conquest—recognizing earlier conflicts and adjustments yet however bringing assorted teams jointly right into a neighborhood of devotees. What turns out at the beginning look to be the tale of 1 legendary determine turns into an allegory for the heritage of Hindu-Muslim kinfolk over an astonishingly lengthy time period, and a well timed contribution to present political and ancient debates.

 

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