I’ve not seen it mentioned anywhere, but the man’s name “Tamerlan” is obviously based on the brutal conqueror Tamerlane, aka Timur. Not a nice person.
“Timur envisioned the restoration of the Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan. As a means of legitimating his conquests, Timur relied on Islamic symbols and language, referring to himself as the Sword of Islam and patronizing Islamic educational and religious institutions. Most of his conquests were against other Muslims.
“Scholars estimate that his military campaigns caused the deaths of 17 million people, amounting to about 5% of the world population. In 1400 Timur invaded Christian Armenia and Georgia. Of the surviving population, more than 60,000 of the local people were captured as slaves, and many districts were depopulated.
“He invaded Baghdad in June 1401. After the capture of the city, 20,000 of its citizens were massacred. Timur ordered that every soldier should return with at least two severed human heads to show him. (Many warriors were so scared they killed prisoners captured earlier in the campaign just to ensure they had heads to present to Timur.)
“Muslim writers complaining that the Timurid army acted more like a horde of savages than that of a civilized conqueror. Timur was furious at the Genoese and Venetians whose ships ferried the Muslim Ottoman army to safety in Thrace.
“Northern Iraq remained predominantly Assyrian Christian until attacked, looted, plundered and destroyed by Timur, leaving its population decimated by systematic mass slaughter.
“He died in 1404, enroute to conquer China, in the coldest recorded winter until then.”
I read some American Pravda media saying that most Muslims do not approve the historical Muslim figure of Tamerlan’. Somehow I doubt it.