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