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Arabs and Somnath

Did Arabs fought against Mahmoud Ghazni to defend Somnath

Claim: When Mahmud of Ghazni attacked the Somnath Temple, Arabs joined in the defence of the temple and died to protect it. The fact that Somnath was a Hindu temple did not matter to them.


Facts: That idea that Arabs died to protect Somnath temple from Mahmud Ghazni originates from a 20th century fictional novel. According to real historical records, Arabs actually provided valuable intelligence to Mahmud Ghazni.