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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Hyderabad: Golconda: Photo 3

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There are several icons at the Banjara Gate, including these.  It's interesting because this was a Muslim city from beginning to end.  So much for the truism that Muslims are rigorous iconoclasts.  The icons may be taken instead as emblematic of the blending of cultures that characterized the history not only of Golconda but of the later Hyderabad state, where a Muslim elite ruled a Hindu majority and made some concessions to it.

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