ALLAHABAD UNIVERSITY'S (AU) Department of Medieval and Modern History is going to organise a three-day workshop on 'Age of Akbar' from November 19.
The national workshop is being organised in collaboration with the Indian Council of Historical Research (New Delhi) to commemorate the 400th death anniversary of Emperor Akbar who ruled from 1556 to 1605 AD.
Approximately 30 University and College teachers from various parts of the country are expected to attend the workshop in which all aspects of Akbar's policies and personality would be discussed.
"Born on October 15, 1542 AD, Jalalluddin Muhammad Akbar was a remarkable man. As a soldier, statesman, lover of literature, patron of arts and above all as an administrator, he outshone all his contemporaries. At a time when Europe was in the grip of religious and sectarian frenzy, Akbar started in India an era of religious harmony and universal peace.
By throwing high state services open to talent, by removing religious disabilities such as the Jaziya and the Pilgrim tax, patronising Sanskrit as well as other Indian languages and adopting Hindu architectural motifs in his building, Akbar helped create an environment which was free from communal sectarian tensions," informed head of AU's Department of Medieval and Modern History and the co-ordinator of the workshop Prof NR Farooqi.
He said that Akbar's policy of Sulh Kul (peace with all) is of great contemporary relevance.
"Plagued by religious, caste, regional and communal identities and tensions, the Indian society is at the cross roads today. The need of the hour is to regenerate the fast diminishing ideals of peaceful co-existence and Sarvadharama Sambhava. Needless to say that Akbar's effort to promote communal harmony both at the political and intellectual levels is extremely worthy of emulation. These secular and cosmopolitan trends of Akbar's age would, therefore, be highlighted in the workshop," he added.
Prof Farooqi said that the workshop would be inaugurated by the eminent historian Professor WE Begely, emeritus Professor of Indian and Islamic Art History, University of Iowa, USA at 11 am in the Professor RP Tripathi Memorial Part of the Medieval and Modern History Department.
Leading scholars of Medieval Indian History such as Prof Shireen Moosvi, Prof IA Zilli, Prof Afzal Husain, Dr Nadeem Rezavi of the Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University, Prof Inayat Zaidi of Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, Prof SZH Jafri and Dr Sunil Kumar of Delhi University, Prof SNR Rizvi of Gorakhpur University and Prof Anirudh Ray of Calcutta University besides distinguished litterateur Prof SR Faruqi are expected to address the participants of the workshop.
Prof Farooqi informed that a total of 12 sessions, in addition to the inaugural and valedictory sessions, each centred on the presentation of an eminent scholar would be held on the occasion.
Lectures would be followed by intensive discussions, he added.