The Reign Of Akbar The Great And Aurangzeb

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Colleen Dang Professor Robert Bond History 101 13 October 2015 The Reign of Akbar the Great and Aurangzeb In 1556 in India, 14-year-old Jalal Ud-Din Akbar took the throne when his father Humayun died. Akbar led a peaceful society with religious freedom. Akbar and his son Jahangir both advocated pluralism under their reign. In 1658, Aurangzeb Alamgir, Akbar’s great-grandson took the throne. Though a competent ruler, Aurangzeb did not endorse his predecessor 's tolerance of religious freedom. Ultimately, it was Aurangzeb’s position on religion that led to the downfall of the Mughal Empire. Akbar was a great ruler and was very liberal. He was equal to everyone, Hindus, and Muslim. Akbar made many contributions. During his reign he expanded the Mughal Empire and was a major influence, on the whole, Indian Subcontinent. Akbar despised religious tolerance and spent his rule trying to have peace between different cultures, to accept one another 's religion, and also to respect everyone 's traditions. He abolished the tax on non-Muslims and ended up creating a religion called the Din-i-Ilahi (“divine faith”) in 1582, which combined features of many religions, like Islam, Hinduism, and Zoroastrianism. The religion was focalized around Akbar as a spiritual leader, but it was a very uncommon religion and eventually died out towards the end of Akbar’s reign. Akbar was a great warrior, and by the time he died, he “extended to Afghanistan in the north, Sindh in the west,

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