Family vault in the east verandah of Islam Khan's Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Islam Khan's tomb in the Jami Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. The palace-city complex at Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605); the Jami Masjid was completed in 1572. Akbar built his city close to the saint Shaikh Salim Chisti's refuge, after the saint had successfully predicted the birth of the Emperor's son and heir, Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir. The white marble tomb of the saint sits beside Islam Khan's tomb in the courtyard of the Jami Masjid. The tomb of Islam Khan is a red sandstone building topped by a dome and thirty-six small domed kiosks or chattris. This view shows grave stones in the east verandah of the tomb; many of these tombs belong to male descendents of Shaikh Salim Chisti.