Everyday thousands of Whyvillians log on and head over
to Akbar's to check out the new styles. I never really
questioned Akbar's name before, never asked where it came
from, but in my World History Class, I learned what may be the
origins of Akbar's name.
Akbar the Great was a Mughal emperor of North and
Central India. Akbar was the third emperor and had a
long reign from 1556 to 1605. He did a lot of good for
easing the tensions between Hindus and Islamics.
greatest policy was that of tolerance of other faiths
and religions. Both Hindus and Islamics were allowed
government positions under Akbar; also, he abolished
the tax on non-Muslims, helping greatly to unite his
country even more. He later married a Hindu Princess
and held other Hindu Princes as his partners. Akbar's tolerance aimed at Hindu-Muslim unification
through the introduction of a new religion known as
A surprising thing about Akbar is that despite the fact that he couldn't read, he had a great desire
for knowledge. Akbar maintained an extensive library
and he had his courtiers read to him so that he knew
as much as any learned scholar. His court was filled
with many scholars widely know as "Nauratan".
Akbar had three sons. Sadly one son, Prince Salim
did not like his father and raised rebellions against
him. The last four years of Akbar's life were spent
crushing Prince Salim's rebellions.
In 1605, Akbar fell ill and
died of slow poisoning. His name went into history as India's greatest emperor.
So that, kiddies, is the origin of Akbar's name. I
wish I had history like that behind my name!