Write a short note on ‘Ain-i-Akbari’.
The ‘Ain-i-Akbari’ was written by Abul Fazal, the minister and one of the nine jewels of Akbar’s court. It is one of the most important source materials on the administration and culture during the reign of Akbar. It is divided into five volumes. The first volume deals with the family of the emperor. The second gives details about the imperial servants, the military and the civil apparatus.
The third volume elaborates on the administrative structure of the Mughal empire. It lists out and explains all the regulations prescribed for the judicial and executive departments and divisions of the empire. The fourth volume delas with Hindu philosophy, social customs, literature and science. Lastly, the fifth book contains the wise saying uttered by Emperor Akbar. It also gives details about the ancestry and biography of the author of ‘Ain-i-Akbari’.