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I would have to agree that both posters provide the most impressive attributes about Akbar. Given today's intolerant society, one would certainly have to raise up Akbar's ability to treat all with respect and tolerance. Not many people, today, are as able to see through differences as Akbar was. If all people would look at life and people in the way he did, the world would certainly be a better place.
I think what impresses me most about Akbar is the way that he combined highly successful empire building with a focus on art and architecture and religious tolerance. It seems that any ruler can take over the world, usually violently. What distinguishes Akbar from the rest is the way in which he promoted art and religious tolerance.
What impresses me most about him is his tolerance. Looking at things from today's perspective, it is impressive to see someone from that long ago who was willing to have debates between different religions and to treat them all with respect. He was also willing to allow people from a different religion and ethnic group to have power. We often have problems with that today and he was pretty good at it 400 years ago.
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