The fate of the Babri Masjid has become a touchstone for the narrative of Islam in India. Thirty years after its destruction may be the right time to look southward for an alternative. Another significant monument tells a very different story of Islam’s advent and importance across history in the subcontinent.
"How apt that the rich symbolism of the zigzag, seen long ago in Ancient Egypt, should have remained the same not only under both Fatimid and Norman rulers, but up to the present day. In an age of political division and isolationism, such realizations help us appreciate how shared cultural connections unite us across national borders."