The British Library, including the Mughal India exhibition, will be closed from Good Friday 29 March to Easter Sunday 31 March. It will re-open on Easter Monday 1 April, 11.00 - 17.00.
Exhibition runs until 2 April 2013 Book now
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Akbar ordering the slaughter to cease in 1578
A page from an imperial manuscript, Akbarnama, documenting the history of Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605). One of the greatest rulers of the Indian subcontinent, he was an advocate of understanding all religious faiths.
Enter the world of the Mughals, one of the world's great dynasties...
At its peak, the Mughal Empire stretched from Kabul in the northwest and covered most of the South Asian subcontinent. Descendants of Timur (Tamerlane), the Mughal emperors ruled over the land from the 16th century through to the late 17th century and are credited with producing some of the most beautiful artefacts and architecture in India. During this period, the rulers encouraged artistry, reformed government and accelerated the development of Indian transport and communications.
The Mughals were a Muslim dynasty descended from the famous Mongol ruler Genghis Khan. The dynasty was founded when a ruler from Turkestan, known as Babur, defeated the Sultan of Delhi in 1526 and began to expand his influence. His grandson Akbar further secured the throne and encouraged greater unity between Muslims, Hindus and Christians, while also promoting the arts and education.
It was during Akbar’s reign that India began its relationship with Britain, a relationship that still exists today and has contributed to both countries immeasurably. The influence of the Mughals began to dwindle in the early 17th century following intolerance between religious groups and numerous rebellions. By the 18th century, large portions of India were under the control of the British.
The British Library’s Mughal India exhibition is the first to document the entire period, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, through more than 200 exquisite objects. Visitors can see authentic artefacts from the period and gain an insight into the arts and culture of the empire.
To find out more about the Mughal Empire, read our Mughal India blog