The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

Restoration of Muslim Sacred Sites in Delhi

Restoration of muslim sacred sites in delhi

THE aftermath of the British recapture of Delhi (or Shahjahanabad) in September 1857 was marked by the wholescale destruction of Mughal tombs and monuments. A similar fate befell the city of Lucknow and other towns across North India, such as Patna, Aligarh, Moradabad and Amroha. The area of Shahjahanabad that suffered the most was in the vicinity of the Red Fort, where a large swath of buildings was razed in order to provide a clear field of fire, thereafter, to the British troops garrisoned within. The walls were also pierced with new openings to enable wide roads to criss-cross the city. Within the Red Fort itself, monuments and gardens were demolished ...

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