An interesting anecdote about Tamerlane.

I am currently reading a very interesting autobiography of Tamerlane by J. Marozzi and I wanted to share this very interesting nugget of information.

At Tamerlane’s grave, there is a slab of dark jade which with an inscription that reads: “When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble.”

When a Soviet scientist, Professor Gerasimov opened Tamerlane’s casket in 1941, there was another inscription inside the casket which read, “”Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.” The Uzbeks had also argued against this vehemently, convinced that a catastrophe was on its way.

A day or so later, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in an operation Adolf Hitler named ‘Operation Barbarossa.’ (This remains the largest military invasion in the history of humanity – one which involved four million men of the Axis powers invading the USSR).

Interestingly, soon after Tamerlane and his grandson, Ulugh Beg, were reinterred with full Muslim burial rites in November 1942, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Soviets at the Battle of Stalingrad.


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