In his turbulent lifetime, Timur Lang’s armies killed five percent of the earth’s population. Timur Lang, or Tamerlane (1336-1405) as he was known to the West, annihilated entire cities of more than a million inhabitants — Delhi, Isfahan, Damascus, Baghdad — slaughtering their citizens after they surrendered. Scholars estimate that Tamerlane’s armies of Central Asian Turkic tribesmen caused the deaths of 17 million men, women and children.1
Most Westerners today have no recollection of Tamerlane or reason to remember him. Then, on April 15, 2013, an enigmatic pair of brothers brought the 15th century terrorist’s echoes to the 2013 Boston marathon. The two brothers, immigrants from Daghestan in the Caucasus region of Turkestan, detonated a pair of bombs near the finish line of the annual Patriots Day killing 3 and maiming 264 others. The brothers were from a Daghestani family named Tsarnaev. The older of the two, and architect of the attack, was known by his family and friends as Tamerlan.
Read more in David Garrison’s new book A Wind in the House of Islam.