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Akbar I: The Triumph of Unification

Akbar Receives the Iranian Ambassador Sayyid Beg in 1562, Victoria and Albert Museum

The life of Akbar I was chronicled by his court historian Abu al-Fazal in the Akbarnama (Book of Akbar). The manuscript was written in Persian and includes minature paintings by over 40 court artists highlighting key events like visitors to court depicted in Akbar Receives the Iranian Ambassador Sayyid Beg in 1562. The illustrations can be viewed online from the Victoria and Albert Museum and are colorful snapshots of key events in Akbar's life.


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Abu'l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar
Akbar the Great
Akbar I
Akbar Emperor of Hindustan
Mughal Empire
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The Monist, vol. 19, no. 2, 1909, pp. 161–201. JSTOR.
Digital library maintained by the University of Chicago and includes historical maps for India.

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