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Moslem Conquest of India - by Will Durant

Moslem Conquest of India - by Will Durant

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Genocide of Hindus. 80 million Hindus slaughtered by Muslims during the conquest of India.
Genocide of Hindus. 80 million Hindus slaughtered by Muslims during the conquest of India.

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 The Muslim ConquestOF INDIA 
(Chapter 6 of
The Story of Civilization
- Vol. 1)
By
 Will & Ariel Durant 
 
THE MOSLEM CONQUEST OF INDIAChapter 6, Volume 1 ofThe Story of Civilization
 
The Mohammedan Conquest of India isprobably the bloodiest story in history. It is adiscouraging tale, for its evident moral is thatcivilization is a precarious thing, whosedelicate complex of order and liberty, cultureand peace may at any time be overthrown bybarbarians invading from without ormultiplying within. The Hindus had allowedtheir strength to be wasted in internaldivision and war; they had adopted religionslike Buddhism and Jainism, which unnervedthem for the tasks of life; they had failed toorganize their forces for the protection oftheir frontiers and their capitals, their wealthand their freedom, from the hordes ofScythians, Huns, Afghans and Turkshovering about India's boundaries andwaiting for national weakness to let them in.For four hundred years (600-1000 A.D.) India
 
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invited conquest; and at last it came.The first Moslem attack was a passing raidupon Multan, in the western Punjab (664A.D.) Similar raids occurred at theconvenience of the invaders during the nextthree centuries, with the result that theMoslems established themselves in the Indusvalley about the same time that their Arabco-religionists in the West were fighting thebattle of Tours (732 A.D.) for the mastery ofEurope. But the real Moslem conquest ofIndia did not come till the turn of the firstmillennium after Christ.In the year 997 a Turkish chieftain by thename of Mahmud became sultan of the littlestate of Ghazni, in eastern Afghanistan.Mahmud knew that his throne was youngand poor, and saw that India, acrosstheborder, was old and rich; the conclusion wasobvious. Pretending a holy zeal fordestroying Hindu idolatry, he swept across

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