نوع مقاله : مقاله پژوهشی

نویسندگان

1 دانشجوی دکترای گروه تاریخ، واحد نجف آباد، دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی ،نجف آباد، ایران

2 دانشیار گروه تاریخ، واحد نجف آباد، دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی ،نجف آباد، ایران(نویسنده مسئول)

3 استادیار گروه تاریخ، واحد نجف آباد، دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی ،نجف آباد، ایران

10.22111/jsr.2020.29321.1926

چکیده

لشکرکشی مسلمانان به هند که از سال 15 هجری در زمان خلافت عمر آغاز شده بود، در مراحل بعدی و دوره فرمانروایان اموی ادامه یافت. سؤال این است که چرا رویکرد نظامی برای گسترش اسلام در هند نتایج موفقیت‌آمیز و ماندگار نداشت؟ این پژوهش با روش تاریخی و شیوه توصیفی ـ تحلیلی و استفاده از منابع کتابخانه‌ای به این موضوع پرداخته است. ظاهراً، بحث گسترش اسلام در آن سرزمین مطرح بوده است؛ اما هدف و نحوة عمل مهاجمان بر اساس اصول اسلام صورت نگرفته است. براساس قرآن کریم جهاد فقط در مقابل جنگ و تجاوزگری مجاز دانسته شده است و نباید مردم را با کشتار و اجبار مسلمان کرد. از طرفی اهدافی مانند تسلط بر راه‌ها و مراکز تجاری هند، اموال، خزاین و ... مورد نظر بوده و این مطلب در سخنان و فرمان‌های زمامداران مسلمان آشکار است. همچنین بی‌رحمی، رفتارهای ناجوانمردانه و کشتار فراوان ازجمله در دیبل، نه تنها کمکی به گسترش اسلام نکرد بلکه موجب نفرت ساکنان آن سرزمین از مسلمانان شد؛ چنانکه مردم مناطق فتح‌شده، در دوره حاکمان بعد از محمد بن قاسم شورش کردند و مناطق خود را بازپس گرفتند.

کلیدواژه‌ها

عنوان مقاله [English]

The role of war and military approach of Muslims in the expansion of Islam in India until the end of the Umayyad

نویسندگان [English]

  • Mehdi Nazari 1
  • Feizollah Boushasb Gousheh 2
  • Alireza Abtahi 3

1 PhD Student of History Dept, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran

2 Associate Professor of History Dept, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran

3 Assistant Professor of History Dept, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran

چکیده [English]

 
 

Introduction

In the first century AH, Muslims had two approaches to expansion of Islam in India. One is Cultural-propaganda approach that has been associated with interaction, discussion and communication to preach Islam and the other approach is militarism, attack and invasion. This study critiques and analyzes the second approach. At first, the Muslim expedition to India was briefly mentioned until the end of the Umayyad period. And then, it examines how Muslims treat the target community and evaluates their actions based on the principles of Islam by exemplification of Muslim actions.
This study aims to elucidate the outcomes of the military approach in the expansion of Islam in India; and if the desired result was not achieved, what lies behind thereof? The point to consider is that Jihad is one of the commands and teachings of the Holy Qur’an to Muslims to confront the unbelievers and pagans.
Jihad has certain rules and determined circumstances (Women, 90-91; Shaltout, 1991, 52; Nasiri, 2017, 128), and then, in order to be effective in advancing Islam, those circumstances must be carefully considered and acted upon. (Nahj al-Balaghah, Sermon 150, Rouhani, 1999, vol. 1, 117-118)
In this article, the author has tried to examine the record and performance of Muslim rulers in the invasion to India. And then, the way of the Prophet (PBUH) and Islam principles regarding Jihad have been evaluated by matching this campaign with the orders of the Holy Qur’an to ratiocinate the failure of the military approach in the spreading Islam in India.
The Muslim expedition to India commenced in 15 AH. Muslim rulers have been paying attention to this land ever since. (Blazeri, 1988, vol. 2, 602-614; Yaghoubi, 1992, vol. 2, 243-245) The purpose of this campaign was apparently to spread Islam there, but they really intended to spread Islam? Has the principles of Islam been followed to achieve the goal?
This research seeks to answer the following questions:
Which one of the Muslim rulers invaded India?
How did the attackers treat the Indian people?
Why did it not have successful and lasting results for spreading Islam in India?
 

Research methodology

This article has been compiled in a descriptive-analytical method. First, the Muslim expeditions to India are briefly described and then analyzed. Data collection was done using library resources and by studying historical sources, conquest and research and studies, and the required information have been extracted. This information has been criticized and analyzed by referring to the Holy Qur’an and the biography of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH).
 
 
 
3.Discussion
The Muslims started invading India during the caliphate of Umar, but the simultaneous campaigns were not so successful until the reign of Walid bin Abdul Malik, the Umayyad caliph (Blazeri, 1958, vol. 2: 602-607). During the reign of Walid ibn Abdul Malik (86-96 AH), Hajjaj ibn Yusuf who was the ruler of Iraq, sent Muhammad ibn Qasim to India as an army commander. The Muslims conquered many cities up to the Kashmir border. (Ibn Athir, 2005, vol. 6: 2763-2765; Kufi, 2005: 241-242). Their purpose was apparently spreading Islam in India; but the real intention of the invaders was not based on Islamic teachings and the criteria of Jihad. The Holy Qur'an has ordered Jihad if the polytheists insist on inciting war, and has ordered Jihad to prevent oppression and defend the oppressed (Hajj, 39-40), and to administer justice (Women, 91, 75 and 29; Examiner, 8). The behavior of the Prophet (PBUH) has been based on these principles (Ibn Hisham, 2013, vol. 2, 188 and 205-207; Yaqubi, 2003, vol 1: 403). However, the Umayyad rulers pursued their own economic ambitions, and what they alleged reflected this fact. After conquering Sindh, Hajjaj expressed their joy at conquering India and gaining a lot of wealth there (Kofi, 2005: 91). After the conquest of Raur, "Hajjaj prostrated... and [said] I became the owner of all treasures and properties" (Kufi, 2005: 196-195). Muhammad ibn Qasim, in front of the Indian army, said to his own army: “We will seize their properties and their wives, and we will take a lot of booty” (Kufi, 2005: 175). Umayyad army massacred people for three days in Deybol; Then, they built a mosque there (Blazeri, 1958: 610; Ibn Athir, 2005, vol. 6: 2763). Hajjaj in a letter to Muhammad Qasim emphased to seize the treasures of Eror and Multan, and occupy India up to China; He writes: “... Kill anyone who disobeys Islam” (Kufi, 2005: 216-217). Junaid ibn Abd al-Rahman breach his promise and killed Jeyssieh, son of Daher, king of Sindh, who became a Muslim during the reign of Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz and he also deciet his brother and killed him. Thus, the misconduct of the Umayyad agents in India not only did not promote Islam there, but also led to a popular uprising against them and their expulsion from the occupied lands (Blazeri, 1958: 617-618; Ibn Athir, 2005, vol. 6: 2820-2821).
 
4.Conclusion
The Muslim expedition to India started in 15 AH during the caliphate of Umar ,and  It continued in the period of the next caliphs and well-known Umayyad rulers such as Mu'awiyah, Walid bin Abdul Malik, Hajjaj bin Yusuf, Muhammad bin Qasim, Junaid bin Abdul Rahman and others. These campaigns were not successful because they were not in accordance with the tenets of Islam, and in many cases, the Qur'anic teachings and the thews of the Prophet (PBUH) about war and Jihad have been violated. In addition, secular motives and materialistic intentions have prevented them from promoting Islamic teachings and virtues. According to the Holy Qur'an, war and Jihad are legitimate when the unbelievers commit criminal actions and continue to commit aggression and war, in a way that endangers the dignity and security of Muslims; In this case, Jihad is ordered as a defensive action. In the Holy Qur'an, we do not find a single verse that commands to kill in order to make people believe in Islam.
The main motives of the Umayyad invaders to India were domination of ports and commercial centers, including the city of Dibol and domination of the Indian Ocean coast, and Asian trade routes, property, treasures, estates, and generally economical necessities. This fact is well reflected in the words and commands of the Muslim rulers in deciding and planning to invade that land. Although the Islamic governments had several campaigns to conquer India, but their actions were not based on true Islam, so that they did not have the desirable and permanent results. The military attack was effective only on removing political and military impediments and facilitating the emigration of Muslim missionaries; but the brutality and killing people in Indian cities, including Dibol and Brahmanabad, made people hate Muslims. As the people of the conquered areas revolted after Muhammad ibn Qasim and during the reign of rulers such as Junaid ibn Abd al-Rahman, Tamim ibn Zayd Atabi and Hakam ibn Awana Kalbi; and drove the Muslims out of the cities of India in such a way that the Muslim rulers had to build new cities and live in them in order to save their lives.
 
 
 
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کلیدواژه‌ها [English]

  • Expansion of Islam
  • India
  • Umayyad
  • Holy Qur’an
  • Prophet of Islam (PBUH)
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