Akbar and the Jesuits

Narsinghc. 1600-03

Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty
Dublin, Ireland

The Akbarnama or Book of Akbar is an official, imperial biography, written by Akbar's close friend and associate, Abu ‘l-Fazl. In the illustrations to the text, Akbar is portrayed as a powerful, dynamic and highly heroic figure, much as he seems to have been perceived by his contemporaries. In this painting, however, another aspect of the emperor's personality is portrayed: his intense curiosity about other religions. Akbar is shown in the midst of a theological debate with Jesuit missionaries in his Ibadat Khana, or House of Worship.


  • Title: Akbar and the Jesuits
  • Creator: Narsingh
  • Date Created: c. 1600-03
  • Physical Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: India
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL In 03.263b
  • Additional Description: The History of Akbar (Akbarnama)

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