Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Talikota (1565)

Muslim control over India (by which I mean the modern state of India, more or less) was always somewhat precarious because whatever Muslim dynasty happened to be in power at any given time was guaranteed to be a religious minority ruling over a vast Hindy majority. The Mughal Empire, which ruled northern India, modern Pakistan,… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Talikota (1565)

Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Talikota (1565)

We are still on a break until early next week, but today is the anniversary of the 1565 Battle of Talikota, which severely weakened–though it did not destroy–the formerly very powerful Vijayanagara Empire of southern India, and allowed the Muslim Deccan Sultanates to expand their territory southward. Although the Hindu Vijayanagara lost the battle, it… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Talikota (1565)

Today’s Happy Birthday wishes: Ibn Battuta

Today happens to be the 711th birthday of Ibn Battuta, whose importance to history hasn’t been unfairly overlooked, in contrast to some other people we could mention. Born to a Berber family in the city of Tangier (in modern Morocco) in 1304, Ibn Battuta is rightly famous for his incredible world travels and the book… Continue reading Today’s Happy Birthday wishes: Ibn Battuta