What's in a name? It is an age old question most famously asked in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
While exploring the web I came across a Wikipedia article about Timur, historically known as Tamerlane. The article was of interest of course since the now deceased Boston bombing suspect with Rhode Island connections was named Tamerlan.
As a history buff I had to know, what made Tamerlane so great? Well, he was a famous Turkic conqueror between 1336-1405. Tamerlane or "Timur the lame," founded the Timurid dynasty.
He referred to himself as the "Sword of Islam" and he was known for converting most Borjigin leaders to Islam during the span of his life
Timur was known as one of the most powerful rulers in the Muslim world after his defeat of the mamluks of Egypt and Syria. He also overran large Persia, Turkey, Russia and India.
He was recognized as a military genius and a tactician. Timur expanded the Mongol empire and was known for his belief that he had to spread Islam. One of his particularly harsh crusades involved the invasion of Delhi, India on a crusade against Hinduism. There, the Hindu's suffered massive slaughter as they fell to Timur's men.
Timur is credited with uniting the Muslim world in a way other leaders could not. He was a master of propaganda and military tactics. He was well versed in psychological warfare; he would spread messages of the massive size and force of his army to panic places he wished to conquer. He was also known as a loyal leader who fiercely supported his cause and his people.
Elizabethan Poet Christopher Marlowe wrote "Tamburlaine the Great" based on Timur. The two-act play which is rich with dark themes, such as torture, war, and conquest, ends with Tamburlaine burning the Qur'an and announcing he is greater than God.
Famed Horror writer Edgar Allan Poe featured Tamerlane in a poem. Poe's take on Tamerlane is much more tragic featuring the warlord as a love-struck leader who ignored his love to pursue foreign conquests.
Dee DeQuattro is the assignment desk manager and digital news coordinator for ABC6. She studied politics and communications and holds a master's degree from Providence College. Follow her on twitter @deedequattro and log on to ABC6 .com for her latest in depth coverage of politics and news.