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Akbar

Andre Wink

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.

  • Publication date: October 1, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781851686056
  • RRP: £25.00
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication date: December 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781780742090
  • RRP: £18.00
  • Pages: 136

Andre Wink

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

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