Sep 20, 2018
Episode 14 leaves the West and
heads to 16th and 17th Century India and the Mughal empire. In
particular, the rule of Akbar the Great.
A century before John
Locke’s “A Letter Concerning Toleration,”
Akbar developed a policy of
“Universal Peace” repudiating religious compulsion and embracing
ecumenical debate. We’ll also discover why the history of the
Mughal empire still tests the limits of free speech and tolerance
in modern India. Among the questions tackled are:
how, and to what extent did Akbar abandon orthodox Islam for
did religious tolerance in the Mughal empire compare to
did English travelers get away with openly blaspheming Muhammad,
the Quran, and Allah?
the emperor Aurangzeb really the uniquely intolerant villain that
history has portrayed him as?
do India’s current laws against religious insults hamper modern
historians’ efforts at documenting events during the Mughal
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