The past is a familiar, composite structure

UPSC Practice recommends The past is a familiar, composite structure.

Some of the earliest Indian mosques were built in Gujarat, where trade with the Arab world was an early motivation, and where Islam arrived towards the end of the first millennium CE. We have little information about the earliest dargahs and masitis (mosques) built in port cities such as Bhadreshwar, Khambhat and Bharuch. Most of the early remains belong to the 12th and 13th centuries.

Courtesy: Opinion-Economic Times

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