appointed nobles and mansabdars without any religious prejudice. Akbar's
religious innovations and policies, and deviation from Islamic dogma, have
been a source of debate and controversy. Akbar was a great patron of
literary works and scholars. His court had numerous scholars of the day who
are well known as "Nauratan".
Akbar, though a Muslim, is remembered as a tolerant ruler, and he even
started a new faith, Din-i-Ilahi, which was an attempt to blend Islam with
Hinduism, Christianity, Jainism, and other faiths. He won over the Hindus by
naming them to important military and civil positions, by conferring honors
upon them, and by marrying a Hindu princess.
Akbar had three sons Prince Salim, Murad and Daniyal. Prince Murad and
Daniyal died in their prime during their father's lifetime. However, Akbar
faced problems with Prince Salim and the last four years of Akbar's life
were consumed in crushing Salim's rebellion. Akbar fell ill and died of slow
poisoning on October 27, 1605. With him ended the most glorious epoch in