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800 years of Muslim rule in India

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Submitted by Dev Purkayastha (United States), Jul 11, 2005 at 17:39

Northern India has been ruled by Muslim rulers from roughly 1000 A.D. to the beginning of British rule in 1700s. With the exception of Emperor Akbar, most rulers were hostile to Hindus to greater or lesser degrees. Suffice it to say there are no Hindu temples in Muslim controlled areas that are more than 300 years old. Khajuraho complex was spared only because it was lost and covered by forest until a British surveyor rediscovered in the 1800s.

I do not know about moderate or extreme Islam but I do know this that Hindus suffered greatly under Muslim regimes. Every country where Muslim hegemony was established religious minorities have been steadily dispossessed.

Americans may wish to believe in some fantasy version of Islam, but they ought to study the history of Islamic ascendancy.
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