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has lately been in the news
(NY Times, reg. required) as the site of riots against the US-backed government of Uzbekistan
, its lasting claim to fame is that of the birthplace of Babur
, the first Moghul Emperor.
Babur authored the Baburnama
, often credited as the first Muslim autobiography and an endlessly entertaining read. The book's bloody-mindedness (Amazon's statistically improbably phrases include girth dagger
, Uncle the Khan
, and turn over the fortress
) is leavened by a remarkably humane voice. A must.
posted by since1968
on May 19, 2005 -