The Mughal India exhibition is now closed.
**** ‘a revelation’ The Daily Telegraph
**** ‘spectacular’ The Times
**** ‘enthralling’ Metro
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.
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 a vast land from the 16th century through to the late 17th century and commissioned some of the most beautiful artefacts and architecture in India, including the incomparable Taj Mahal. During this period, the rulers encouraged artistry, reformed government and accelerated the development of Indian transport and communications.
The Mughals were a Muslim dynasty, founded when a ruler from Turkestan, Babur, defeated the Sultan of Delhi in 1526. His grandson Akbar further secured the throne and encouraged greater unity between Muslims, Hindus and Christians, while also promoting the arts and education.
The British Library’s Mughal India exhibition was the first to document the entire period, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, through more than 200 exquisite objects.
Many of the exhibits can be seen in a series of six Facebook albums. You do not need a Facebook account to see them.
To find out more about the Mughal Empire, read our Asian and African Studies blog
by J.P. Losty and Malini Roy Over 150 colour illustrations | 256 pages | Paperback £19.95 | Hardback £30.00