Mughal Empire

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The Mughal Empire was an early modern empire in South Asia.[9] At its peak, the empire stretched from the frontier with Central Asia in northern Afghanistan to the northern uplands of the Deccan plateau, and from the Indus basin on the west to the Assamese highlands in the east.[10]

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Mughal Empire
The empire at its greatest extent in c.1700 under Aurangzeb
State religion:
GovernmentUnitary absolute monarchy under a federal structure
Emperor[lower-alpha 1] 
 1526–1530 (first)
 1837–1857 (last)
Bahadur Shah II
 1526–1540 (first)
Mir Khalifa
 1795–1818 (last)
Daulat Rao Sindhia
Grand Vizier 
 1526–1540 (first)
Mir Khalifa
 1775–1797 (last)
Historical eraEarly modern
21 April 1526
5 November 1556
28 March 1737
10 May 1738–1740
22 October 1764
21 September 1857
 Mughal Emperor exiled to Burma
1690[4][5]4,000,000 km2 (1,500,000 sq mi)
CurrencyRupee, Taka, dam[8]:73–74
Preceded by
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The Mughal Empire is conventionally said to have been founded in 1526 by Babur, a chieftain from what is today Uzbekistan, who employed aid from the neighboring Safavid and Ottoman Empires,[11] to defeat the Sultan of Delhi, Ibrahim Lodi, in the First Battle of Panipat, and to sweep down the plains of North India. The Mughal imperial structure, however, is sometimes dated to 1600, to the rule of Babur's grandson, Akbar.[12] This imperial structure lasted until 1720, until shortly after the death of the last major emperor, Aurangzeb,[13][14] during whose reign the empire also achieved its maximum geographical extent. Reduced subsequently to the region in and around Old Delhi by 1760, the empire was formally dissolved by the British Raj after the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Although the Mughal Empire was created and sustained by military warfare,[15][16][17] it did not vigorously suppress the cultures and peoples it came to rule; rather it equalized and placated them through new administrative practices,[18][19] and diverse ruling elites, leading to more efficient, centralised, and standardized rule.[20] The base of the empire's collective wealth was agricultural taxes, instituted by the third Mughal emperor, Akbar.[21][22] These taxes, which amounted to well over half the output of a peasant cultivator,[23] were paid in the well-regulated silver currency,[20] and caused peasants and artisans to enter larger markets.[24]

The relative peace maintained by the empire during much of the 17th century was a factor in India's economic expansion.[25] The burgeoning European presence in the Indian Ocean and an increasing demand for Indian raw and finished products generated much wealth for the Mughal court.[26] There was more conspicuous consumption among the Mughal elite,[27] resulting in greater patronage of painting, literary forms, textiles, and architecture, especially during the reign of Shah Jahan.[28] Among the Mughal UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Asia are: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Lahore Fort, Shalamar Gardens, and the Taj Mahal, which is described as "the jewel of Muslim art in India, and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."[29]

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