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(1569-1627), Ruler of the Mughal Empire

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Prince Salim, later known by his imperial name Jahangir, ('Conqueror of the World'), was the fourth Mughal Emperor who reigned for 22 years until his death in 1625. Born in Fatehpur Sikri to Emperor Akbar and Jodha Bai, he was named after Sheikh Salim Chisti, a holy man whose spiritual help was sought by Akbar to conceive a son after the death of his previous heirs in infancy. During Jahangir's reign the Mughal Empire expanded and flourished. Though a Muslim, his personal beliefs did not obstruct state policies. Sovereignty, according to Jahangir's memoirs was a "gift of God" to "ensure the contentment of the world" and not necessarily to enforce God's law. Notable for his patronage of the arts, the distinctive style of Mughal miniature painting was popularised under his reign. Jahangir's majestic mausoleum is located in Lahore. He was succeeded by his son Prince Khurram who took the title of Shah Jahan ('King of the World').

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Jahangir, by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), published by  Compton Holland - NPG D42343


by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), published by Compton Holland
line engraving, circa 1616-1620
NPG D42343


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