[dropcap]I[/dropcap]SLAMABAD – you don’t have to turn to history books to remember the grandeur of the Mughals for they can be found in our architecture, literature, food and almost anything else. But like most things in history, we only remember bits and pieces, forgetting that history is really in the details.
So, let’s take a walk down history to some details about the Mughals that most people don’t know.
1-People remember Babur mostly for being the conquerer from Central Asia. Not many knew that he was a socialite and writing enthusiast.
2-Although Babur was a descendent of Genghaiz Khan, he associated more with his Turk roots. It is clear that this Mongol lineage meant less to him than his paternal ancestry which linked him with the great Turkish conqueror, Timur.
3-Akbar’s empire was larger than Ashoka’s.
4-Mughals were gifted in their unique artistic skills. The Mughals had a painting style that drew inspiration from Indian and Persian art. During the reign of Akbar, Shah Jahan and Jahangir, art flourished in the Mughal Empire. Some notable works include Hamzanama, Khamsa of Nizami and Darab Nama.
6-Akbar the Great is ranked as one of the top 25 Political Icons of History, according to Time Magazine.
7-The Urdu language was further developed under the Mughals. As Islam spread across India and neighboring areas, the Urdu language spread with it, coming into increased contact with other languages, such as Arabic and Persian. The spread of both Islam and Urdu surged during the Mughal Empire.
8-Akbar had 36 wives and over 300 women in his harem.
9-Shah Jahan did NOT cut the hands of the workers involved in making Taj Mahal to avoid replicas. This fact was reported by Architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, who was played a key role in the architectural design of Taj mahal and also laid the foundation of the Red Fort.
10-The story of Anarkali being buried alive between two walls is accepted to be false due to the evidence of her grave and body.