What was the cultural legacy of the Mughals?

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Mughal Empire lasted from about 1526-1858. During this period of time, the Mughal Empire left a lasting cultural legacy. One area of contribution was in the area of architecture. The most famous example of this was the Taj Mahal, a tomb built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife. While other tombs have been built, this is the most famous. Some of these tombs can be found in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan showing that the influence of the Mughal Empire can still be seen today.

Another example of a cultural contribution can be found in the area of education. The Mughal Empire put a strong emphasis on education. The Mughal Empire had a thriving educational community. For example, Dehli was known as a thriving intellectual center. It is this educational emphasis that led to artistic and literary development. 

While there were some other contributions from the Mughal Empire, the main areas of contributions were in architecture and in the emphasis on education.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The major cultural legacy of the Mughal Empire was in its art and architecture.

The Mughal Empire was a Muslim empire that ruled India for about 300 years starting in the 1500s.  It was brought to an end by the incursions of the British into India.

The best-known cultural legacy of the Mughals is the Taj Mahal.  The Taj Mahal was the best example of the architectural style developed during this empire.  It was created as the tomb for the wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-17th century.  The Mughals also left behind a very distinctive artistic style that mixed European influences with those from Persia and India.

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