Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tamerlane, the Ecumenical Architect

An editorial by Michael B. Mukasey describes Tamerlane as "the 14th-century Muslim conqueror famous for building pyramids of his victims' skulls to commemorate his triumphs over infidels". This misses Tamerlane's essentially ecumenical approach to skull architecture. He also built towers of Muslim skulls at Aleppo, Ankara, Baghdad, Damaghan, Herat, Isfahan, Sabz-Awar and Zirih.

Also, for a supposedly devout Muslim he was inordinately fond of wine at feasts.

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