Akbar (Makers of the Muslim World)

Akbar (Makers of the Muslim World)

By: Andre Wink (author)Hardback

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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. Renowned for his attempts to integrate the diverse religious heritage of India, he was a true polymath who although illiterate was widely active in a number of intellectual pursuits. In this fascinating biography, Andre Wink provides glimpses into Akbar's daily life and highlights his contribution to new methods of imperial control, surveillance and record-keeping. Contrasting his reign with those of his nomadic Mongol ancestors, this lucid study is an essential read for anyone interested in the history of India and South Asia.

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Andre Wink is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contents

Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION 1 DIVINE NURSLING OF THE GARDEN OF SOVEREIGNTY Akbar's birth Separated from his parents Akbar's education 2 AN OLD WORLD GREW YOUNG 3 THE DAILY INCREASING DOMINION The Mughal army The conquest of Gujarat Kabul, the North-West Frontier, and the "Great Game" of the sixteenth century The conquest of Bengal 4 CLOUDS AND ELEPHANTS AND MUD Episode one: 1564-1566 Episode two: 1574 Episode three: 1589 5 TAMING THE MONGOL BEASTS The new court etiquette From Chingis Khan to Akbar: the rise of Mughal civilization in the sixteenth century Maxims of order Hunting and government Mongol vegetarians The emperor never wastes his time 6 MAKER OF THE INDO-MUSLIM WORLD Gunpowder empires American silver The imperial political system and its Indian foundations Land revenue and the peasantry 7 SERENE CITY OF UNIVERSAL TOLERANCE Akbar and Islam The Religion of God Peace for all Allahu Akbar After Akbar: the demise of the Religion of God 8 BEING AKBAR Endnotes Further Reading Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/10/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781851686056
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9781851686056
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 1851686053

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