Skip to comments.Tamerlan? What's in a name?
Posted on 04/22/2013 9:27:40 AM PDT by Perseverando
According to Andy Bostom, plenty:
Tamerlan(e) Tsarnaev and Killing From Koranic Piety
However, in the end, there was even a more basic, profound warning sign of the Tsarnaev familys dangerous Weltanschauungthe very name Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev chose for their eldest son: Tamerlan(e).
The cover art for my recent book Sharia Versus FreedomThe Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism, reproduces a miniature painting from a sixteenth century manuscript of the Zafarnama by Sharaf al-Din Ali-Yazdi. The image was housed in the British Library and originally published/produced in Shiraz, Iran, 1552. It depicts soldiers filing before the Islamized Mongol conqueror Amir Timur-i-lang, or Tamerlane, holding heads of their decapitated enemies which they used to build a tower shaped like the minaret of a mosque, in Baghdad (1401).
The upper inscription embedded within the painting reads,
How fate and destiny have cast awe in the minds of the Tavaajis! [kings messengers, and herein, more generally, traitors]
In an orderly and numerical fashion,
They made minarets with the heads of the wretched Tavaajis
As a lesson to the inhabitants of the world.
While the lower embedded inscription states,
So that no subordinate would dare to challenge superiors and no fox acts like a lion, and threatens the kings; Under the temptation of the demon pride
Yazdis Zafarnama remains the best-known example of early Persian historiography of Tamerlane. John Woods 1988 review of this genre of Timurid biographical writings emphasizes the rapid, widespread praise Yazdis manuscript achieved, its source as an inspiration for artistic renditions of the themes described, and its subsequent translation into both French and English, which disseminated the contents well beyond Persian-speaking Muslim lands:
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With a name like Tamerlan(e) your only option is to go out and make a name for yourself.
I don’t put too much stock in this type of thing. He could have been named after an uncle or something, who was in turn named for his uncle etc. who was named after this guy from the past.
Vlad the Impaler.
I have a problem with folks named “Jihad”.
Also, his brother ‘Dzhokhar’ was named after ‘Dzhokhar Dudayev’, the 1st President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. How hard would that have been to incorporate this into this article?
I’m not up on Cyrillic etymology, but their surname could also mean “beloved of the Kings (Tsars)” or such...
—and while Tamerlane may not have been nice to enemies, neither was Joshua—check out what he did to the inhabitants of Jericho after the walls came tumblin’ down-—
All in the spirit of the original.
Calling shens on oblique comparison of Judaism to Islam.
My Great Grandmother used to call me Crusader John or Saint John the Crusader.
I just finished reading a series of books about Ghengis and Kublai. Tamerlane’a actions were par for the course for Mongol conquerers.
I'm much more interested in how he became radicalized and who he is connected to, i.e. was he part of a terror network.
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