As he got older he began to distance himself from the strict Muslim beliefs and started seeing value in other religions. As expected, this caused some outrage among his Muslim followers and allies, as it was seen as heresy. He had created a forum for the scholars of all religions to come and debate the merits of their faith. He founded the Religion of God or “Divine Faith” which took aspects of a number of religions and merged them together. This new religion didn’t survive much past Akbar’s death and slowly faded during the rule of his successors. A new Islamic revival, which took place during their rule, likely hastened the abandonment of this new religion.
I think this book tried to give a fairly objective view on the life of Akbar. Where it was possible, the opposing views from multiple sources were provided to present the various viewpoints. While we did learn about Akbar in our textbooks, I think it was great to get a more detailed account of not only his military campaigns, but also insights into his beliefs and how he ruled his