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Widely regarded as the greatest of the Mughal emperors, Jalal ad-Din Akbar (1542-1603) was a formidable military tactician and popular demagogue. Ascending to the throne at the age of thirteen, he ruled for half a century, expanded the Mughal empire, and left behind a legacy to rival his infamous ancestors Chinggis Khan and Timur. In this lucid biography, Andre Wink provides glimpses into Akbar’s daily life and highlights his contribution to new methods of imperial control and record-keeping. Andre Wink is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851686056
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Series: Makers of the Muslim World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,507,209
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Divine Nursling of the Garden of Sovereignty 5 Akbar's birth 6 Separated from his parents 7 Akbar's education 10
2 An Old World Grew Young 15
3 The Daily Increasing Dominion 21 The Mughal army 23 The conquest of Gujarat 28 Kabul, the North-West Frontier, and the "Great Game" of the sixteenth century 32 The conquest of Bengal 34
4 Clouds and Elephants and Mud 36 Episode one: 1564-1566 37 Episode two: 1574 41 Episode three: 1589 43
5 Taming the Mongol Beasts 45 The new court etiquette 46 From Chingis Khan to Akbar: the rise of Mughal civilization in the sixteenth century 49 Maxims of order 51 Hunting and government 54 Mongol vegetarians 56 The emperor never wastes his time 60
6 Maker of the Indo-Muslim World 64 Gunpowder empires 66 American silver 68 The imperial political system and its Indian foundations 71 Land revenue and the peasantry 76
7 Serene City of Universal Tolerance 86 Akbar and Islam 88 The Religion of God 95 Peace for all 99 Allahu Akbar 104 After Akbar: the demise of the Religion of God 107
8 Being Akbar 109 Endnotes 117 Further Reading 118 Bibliography 119 Index 121
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