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Ancient Roots of Hindu/Muslim Conflict

By August 10, 2012

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It's interesting how certain threads seem to continue down through the centuries. For example, I was recently reading a travel site about India, and the (presumably Hindu) author lamented the sacking of a particular temple in the 11th century by the Muslim invader, Mahmud of Ghazni.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with having a long cultural memory. In fact, as a historian, I am thankful that people choose to remember the past! On the other hand, 1,000 years is a long time to hold a grudge. But perhaps I only find it so because I'm European-American, and we don't have anywhere near that span of time to recall.

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November 24, 2012 at 6:46 am
(1) raj says:

This particular temple was sacked not once but 6 times throught out history and was last rebuilt in 1968. The money and jewels looted from this temple was used to build a big mosque in Gazni.

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