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Akbar the Great’s Legacy and Religious Freedom

Akbar the Great welcoming Jesuit missionaries to his court
Akbar the Great welcoming Jesuit missionaries to his court

Akbar the Great, ruler of most of South Asia in the 16th and early 17th century, rejected bigotry and made unprecedented moves to help non-Muslims feel at peace in his Mughal empire. In reflecting more closely upon his character and conduct, we can see how Akbar’s actions are antithetical to current discrimination and violence against vulnerable religious communities around the world today, especially in Pakistan, a land he once ruled.

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