Legendary Mughal Kings - My New Book on Amazon Kindle

I am very excited to announce the launch of my new book.

Legendary Mughal Kings
Homosexuality and Pederasty in South Asia, Pakistan and Bangladesh

It is available on Amazon Kindle for purchase.

However, if you are enrolled in Amazon Unlimited program, this book is absolutely FREE! I request you to download the book, read it and share your Ratings/ Comments on Amazon website.

About the Book

Plurality and diversity is the core essence of South Asia.

South Asia is the region bounded by Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the west and Bangladesh to the east. It comprises 40% of the world’s population and boasts a huge diversity of languages, religions, cultures and societies. Whether one is in stark mountains of Abbottabad in Pakistan or the humid swamps of Nazirabad in Bangladesh, the diversity and plurality is what catches the eye of any traveler.

Most historians agree that prior to the advent of the Mughals of Middle-east, the South Asian region was full of small-warring kingdoms, always at war with each other. There was no underlying unity among the warring states and no sense of any greater and overarching nationhood. Decadence had set into the social life of people, and segregation in terms of caste, gender oppression, slavery, superstitions and meaningless rituals were the order of the day.

It was at this juncture around 10th Century CE that the great Mughals came to South Asia and gave the people the dignity that they were looking for. They also gave arts, culture, science, governance, egalitarianism and most importantly, a pan-South Asian cultural unity. For the first time, people in different parts of South Asia started feeling that they were One People. That is why this age is also referred to as Golden Age of South Asia.

Diversity and plurality were the hallmark of the Mughal rule. They encouraged independent thinking but at the same time insisted on piety and simplicity. There was an explosion of art, music, dances, poetry, songs, architectural marvels like Red Fort and Taj Mahal.  There was an immense focus on women’s rights and rights of minorities.

Even in terms of sexual plurality, Pakistani and Mughal South Asia has been at the forefront of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights and especially same-sex relationship freedom. Kings like Mahmud of Ghazni, Allauddin Khilji and Babur, are revered and respected for their progressive stance on the issues of homosexuality. Their same-sex love stories have become the stuff of legends and are an integral part of middle-eastern and Pakistani South Asian popular culture and lore.

This book is a celebration of that unique sense of sexual diversity and plurality in South Asia, Pakistan and Bangladesh and especially of the glorious Mughal culture.

You can purchase the book at the link below, or if you opted for Kindle Unlimited, you can have the book ABSOLUTELY FREE.

 

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Thank you for reading this post on my book Legendary Mughal Kings: Homosexuality and Pederasty in South Asia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Hope you enjoy it.

Comments

  1. This is great! Many many congratulations, Subhodeep!

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  2. Hearty congrats, and best wishes, Subhodeep:)

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  3. Congratulations Subhodeep! This is great!

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  4. Congratulations for the book, Subhodeep. Looks like a unique contribution to the topic. The term 'South Asia' seems to be chosen deliberately by you, and perhaps you have dealt with that in the book. All the best!

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    1. Thank you very much :) This was a topic on which a lot can be said, but not much scholarly literature is available. Mine is a first of a kind effort to put together various LGBT lore of Mughal kings, especially in the context of Mughal South Asian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi LGBT culture. Plus I wanted to test Amazon Kindle.

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  5. The following two extracts borrowed from the link—“Quran (7:80-84) - "...For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.... And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)" - An account that is borrowed from the Biblical story of Sodom. Muslim scholars through the centuries have interpreted the "rain of stones" on the town as meaning that homosexuals should be stoned, since no other reason is given for the people's destruction. (Inexplicably, the story is also repeated in suras 15:74, 27:58 and 29:40).
    And;
    Interestingly, the same rules don't seem to apply in paradise, where martyrs for the cause of Allah enjoy an orgy of virgins and "perpetual youth" Quran (56:17) (interpreted by many to mean"boys" Quran (52:24)). Quran (76:19) bluntly states, "And immortal boys will circulate among them, when you see them you will count them as scattered pearls." Technically, the mere presence of boys doesn't necessarily mean sex, however it is strongly implied from the particular emphasis on the effeminacy, handsomeness and "freshness" of the boys. The female virgins of paradise are also compared to pearls (56:23)”
    (cf.: https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/homosexuality.aspx) —show the basic contradiction that lies beneath the concept of sexuality in Islam. Contradictions sodomize, meaning mutilate, a man’s basic ideas of life, truth, and ways to follow for goodness. And hence, the “Noble Book” does something to the juvenile minds of the blood-thirsty and the ignoble to gain nothing more than a sleazy growth in body and mind, leave alone their soul for “that” part is ordained from the very genesis to deck the Devil’s “harem” in the name of Allah. I say this because in another Hadith we find the following:
    Abu Dawud (4462) - The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.".

    Abu Dawud (4448) - "If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death." (Note the implicit approval of sodomizing one's wife). (ibid.)
    Mr. Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay’s recent publication entitled “LEGENDARY MUGHAL KINGS” is a work that opens a colourfully retrospective vista of the sexual culture and behavioural matrix that was permissible, tolerable, and acceptable with the “THE GREAT MUGHALS” and that of their hypersexual predecessors. The word “great” has almost become a byword with the historians for the long line of Moslem rulers mostly because of their overt bigotry and abject idolatry of the Islamic culture while they did simultaneously and deliberately force into oblivion the ruthlessness that was/is “always already” there embedded in the very origin of this culture. Mr. Mukhopadhyay has shown with great zeal the “sexual” aspect that makes them yet “greater” for their love of life, youth, sex, and ‘jannat”.

    What is so interesting about this work is that the author has provided us with ample examples in the mode of extracts drawn from various other tomes on this interesting “Islamic” side, and not just venting out his own thoughts. This makes the book not a record book of his personal beliefs, but rather a great book of citations that we do not care to turn the pages of, and we only see the Taj Mahal. The author takes great care to not just quote but to explicate them to the reader’s sense of awe and admiration of the “homoerotic” part of the Moslem Rulers.
    However, I think that the author should not have ended with Mr. Babur, and should have proceeded with his research into the “sexual health” of the succeeding line of rulers as well. I felt a sudden jolt there for it did definitely end all of a sudden.
    I do thank the author for his efforts and wish to hear from him soon on more unknown sides of his interest.
    (10th July, 2016)

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