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Akbar: The Great Mughal (Signed Copy)
Akbar: The Great Mughal (Signed Copy)
 
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Author : Ira Mukhoty
Publisher : Aleph
ISBN# : 9789389836042
Pages : 544
Price:INR 799
 
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Book Description

 Abu’l Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, the third Mughal emperor, is
widely regarded as one of the greatest rulers in India’s history. During
his reign, the Mughal Empire was one of the wealthiest in the world, and
covered much of the Indian subcontinent. Although there are dozens of books
on the empire, there are surprisingly few full-length accounts of its most
remarkable emperor, with the last major study having been published over
two decades ago. In Akbar: The Great Mughal, this outstanding sovereign finally
gets his due, and the reader gets the full measure of his extraordinary life.
Akbar was born on 15 October 1542 and after a harrowing childhood and
a tumultuous struggle for succession following the death of his father,
Humayun, became emperor at the age of thirteen. He then ruled for nearly
fifty years, and over the course of his reign established an empire that would be
hailed as singular, both in its own time and for posterity.
In this book, acclaimed writer Ira Mukhoty covers Akbar’s life and times in lavish,
illuminating detail. The product of years of reading, research, and study, the biography
looks in great detail at every aspect of this exceptional ruler—his ambitions, mistakes,
bravery, military genius, empathy for his subjects, and path-breaking efforts to
reform the governance of his empire. It delves deep into his open-mindedness, his
reverence towards all religions, his efforts towards the emancipation of women, his
abolishing of slavery and the religious tax—jiziya—and other acts that showed his
statesmanship and humanity. The biography uses recent ground-breaking work by
art historians to examine Akbar’s unending curiosity about the world around him,
and the role the ateliers played in the succession struggle between him and his heir,
Prince Salim (who became Emperor Jahangir).
Beautifully written, hugely well-informed, and thoroughly grounded in scholarship,
this monumental biography captures the grandeur, vitality, and genius of the Great
Mughal.

 
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