Lol I stopped right there. Oh well, this thread is over Meanwhile acc to your criteria, Alexander did exist because the Indians wrote about him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Porus Also Mohammed because his companions built a mosque in India and an Indian king converted to Islam based on what he heard of him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheraman_Juma_Masjid Malik ibn Deenar, a well known companion of Muhammad, led a small group of 13 companions to the ancient port of Musuris in Malabar in 629 A.D. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_India#History_of_Islam_in_India The others, up in the air, pending Indian sources that proclaim their existence Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! I never realised how much of "history" is only from the western point of view. I wonder how much we have lost of it in Baghdad, the oldest libraries in the world. And how much is lying around in the dusty tomes of the Asiatic society @NCDane: Thanks for all the links and info. I've always wondered how the Arabs did it - 100 years is so short a time for them to be fighting such large and well trained armies -Persian, Byzantine, Egyptian - to do so successfully, in such terrain over the entire expanse of the Middle East - so that their influence has become a permanent one - it would have been interesting to know the details of their strategies.