mutiny-jihadWilliam Dalrymple’s forthcoming book, The Last Mughal, presents fascinating new facts and perspectives on the 1857 rising. The most shocking of which are….

  1. The 1857 rising was primarily a war of religion, with the rebels fighting against the increasingly insensitive and aggressive British attempts to impose Christianity in India.
  2. More than a quarter of the rebels in Delhi were jehadis fighting to defend their faith.
  3. Even before the rising, the British had plans to abolish the Mughal court and impose British laws; while many Evangelical Englishmen wished to impose Christianity.

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