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Akbar's Policies

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Akbar's Policies - Lesson Summary

Abul Fazl,wrote a manuscript on the history of Akbar’s reign called as Akbar Nama. It consisted of three volumes which give detail information about Akbar’s ancestors, the important events during Akbar’s reign, and a record of his administrative system called Ain-i Akbari respectively.

Akbar’s empire was divided into provinces called subas each of which was governed by a subadar who took care of the political and military functions. He was supported by a diwan or financial officer, bakshi or military paymasters, sadr or religious leaders, faujdar or military commanders and kotwals or town police in its administration.

Ain-i-Akbari also tells us about Akbar’s views on religion which say, he believed that all religions preached the same message. He invited religious heads for discussions in his Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri during which the disloyalty by nobles affecting the smooth functioning of the empire.

Inspired by these discussions, in 1581, a new doctrine, called Din-i ilahi was introduced that preached peace, tolerance and unity. However, Din-i ilahi faded out after the demise of Akbar.

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