Journey through the Mughal Empire
Updated: 2/14/2021
Journey through the Mughal Empire

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  • Akbar's religious tolerance
  • Akbar rules the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1605. He was a fair and tolerant leader.
  • I will abolish the Non-Muslim Tax, and appoint Rajputs. Any religion can be practiced under my rule.
  • Thank you Akbar for being fair.
  • Akbar's taxing system
  • This new tax system is great, I only have to pay 10% of the money I make!
  • Thank Todar Mal, my chief finance minister!
  • This is so fair! Thank you Akbar!
  • Same! Even if we make different amounts of money, we all still pay 10%!
  • I just rebelled against my parents, Nur Jahan and Jahangir. Please help me.
  • Khusrau's rebellion
  • Thank you so much, Guru Arjun.
  • Don't worry Khusrau, we will protect and defend you.
  • Wow, the Taj Mahal is so big and beautiful. Do you know its origins?
  • Because of Akbar’s religious tolerance, everyone was happy since they could practice their own beliefs. This created a unified empire with a lack of rebellions and it was an example for future leaders.
  • Taj Mahal
  • This is an Islamic Empire. I will erase all Hindu gains!
  • Akbar's taxing system was very fair and effective as everyone would pay their taxes because it was so affordable. This was also a blueprint for future taxing systems in the world.
  • Aurangzeb's Intolerance
  • Why did you bring back the Non-Muslim taxes?! This is totally unfair!
  • Stop destroying Hindu Temples and monuments!
  • When Khusrau rebelled against his parents, Nur Jahan and Jahangir, the Sikhs helped him out. This caused a lot of tension between Sikhs and the Mughal government causing a long and harsh conflict.
  • Decline of the Empire
  • Aurangzeb left the empire in disaster. 2 million people died of famine, and resources were running very low.
  • Please help me! I'm not happy with Aurangzeb. My family has no resources. We are starving and don't have money.
  • The Taj Mahal was very expensive to build, so many people suffered because of it. There was a famine in the land, resources were running low, but the people were just charged with even more taxes to support the government.
  • The Taj Mahal was built in 1631.
  • Yes, Shah Jahan built it as a tomb for his wife which he loved dearly.
  • Aurangzeb ruled from 1658 to 1707. He was oppressively Islamic.
  • Aurengzeb strictly enforced Islamic laws on the people who he ruled, which caused a lot of religious tension. The empire was divided and unhappy.
  • Why do we have to do Muslim prayers when we are not even Muslim?!
  • The Mughal Empire was divided into just a bunch of separate states called Raj's. This made it easy for people to colonize the land, which the Portuguese eventually did.
  • Come with us. The entire empire is divided and suffering. We must stick together and make local groups.