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Akbar

(1542—1605) Mogul emperor of India 1556–1605


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(b. 1542, r. 1556–1605)

Mughal emperor, known as ‘The Great’. He showed a constructive interest in Hindu and other non-Muslim religious ideas, as well as encouraging a variety of religious practices, including Hindu yoga. At the same time, he abolished the jizyaḥ, a discriminatory tax on non-Muslims. In the modern period, some Indian nationalists saw his behaviour as a model for the kind of religious and social toleration to which an independent and democratic India should aspire.

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