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Akbar’s Dream: The Mughal Emperor in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Vasunia, P; (2018) Akbar’s Dream: The Mughal Emperor in Nineteenth-Century Literature. In: Gagné, R and Goldhill, S and Lloyd, GER, (eds.) Regimes of Comparatism: Frameworks of Comparison in History, Religion and Anthropology. (pp. 284-317). Brill: Leiden, Netherlands. Green open access

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Abstract

“The Emperor Akbar”, writes Friedrich Max Müller, “may be considered the first who ventured on a comparative study of the religions of the world”. Akbar’s religious innovation is the subject of several treatments in the nineteenth century, in England and India. Tennyson, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, and Ghalib are, along with Max Müller, a few of the intellectuals who write about the Mughal Emperor and his religious comparatism. This paper explores the reception of Akbar in nineteenth-century colonial contexts and looks in particular at the interest in the emperor’s comparatism.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Akbar’s Dream: The Mughal Emperor in Nineteenth-Century Literature
ISBN-13: 9789004387638
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/9789004387638_009
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004387638_009
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10039543
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