Mobsea Logo
Home

Matters of Faith and Marriage

Akbar

<
^
>

Matters of Faith and Marriage

From an early age, Akbar was raised in a tolerant milieu. Although his family was Sunni, two of his childhood tutors were Persian Shias. As an emperor, Akbar made the Sufi concept of Sulh e Kuhl, or peace to all, a founding principle of his law.Akbar displayed remarkable respect for his Hindu subjects and their faith. His first marriage in 1562 was to Jodha Bai or Harkha Bai, who was a Rajput princess from Amber. As with the families of his later Hindu wives, her father and brothers joined Akbars court as advisers, equal in rank to his Muslim courtiers. In total, Akbar had 36 wives of various ethnic and religious backgrounds.Probably even more importantly to his ordinary subjects, Akbar in 1563 repealed a special tax placed on Hindu pilgrims who visited sacred sites, and in 1564 completely repealed the jizya, or yearly tax on non Muslims. What he lost in revenue by these acts, he more than regained in good will from the Hindu majority of his subjects.

Even beyond the practical realities of ruling an enormous, predominantly Hindu empire with just a small band Muslim elite, however, Akbar himself had an open and curious mind on questions of religion. As he mentioned to Philip II of Spain in his letter, cited above, he loved to meet with learned men and women of all faiths to discuss theology and philosophy. From the female Jain guru Champa to Portuguese Jesuit priests, Akbar wanted to hear from them all.


<
^
>

Capital
Akbar the Hunter
Akbar the Warrior
Akbar the Administrator
Intrigue and Further Expansion
Biography
Early Rule
Imperial expansion
Akbar the Statesman
Akbar the Polemic
Akbar Takes Power
Matters of Faith and Marriage
More ...


Test your English Language
How to Remove Dark Circles Tips
Myth about Anger
Places you cant Visit
Movies for Valentines Day
Venice
Tallest Building In The World
Rules to play Tee Ball
Tips to succeed in an Interview
Daily Meditation can Improve your Life
Healthy Skin
Best Black Mehndi Designs
Benefits of Radish
Rules to play Goal Ball
New Hairstyles For Girls
Important Tips for Hiring the Best Employees
Benefits of Bay Leaf
Benefits of Beans
Benefits of Beetroot