Historical Who is Who

AKBAR THE GREAT

1542-1605
Pakistan
POLITICS, RELIGION

 

One of the best known of all the Mogul/Mughal emperors extending their boundaries from S India to Afghanistan, with diplomatic links extending even to Elizabethan England. He was a powerful military leader and political administrator, enthusiastic to promote access to learning by the creation of huge libraries in Agra and Delhi. He interpreted his Muslim faith in a comprehensive way to include Hindus, Christians, Jains and Parsis, with the effect that it risked becoming a new religion with himself as a prophetic leader. His relevance for moral education lies in his insistence that generosity of spirit, sexual fidelity, and protection of animals are direct corollaries of belief in God.

Life

 

http://www.indohistory.com/akbar.html

http://asianhistory.about.com/od/india/p/akbarthegreatbio.htm

Writings

Since he is commonly described as illiterate, his commissioned autobiography may be the most direct record of his thinking http://www.wdl.org/en/item/4075

 

 

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