Reasons for studying this period above the other tempting options are:
- The Mughal Empire was the greatest of the Muslim empires of the early modern period.
- The Mughal Emperor ruled over an estimated 100 million people at a time when Elizabeth I ruled over a population of 3 million
- The history of the Mughal Empire is full of drama, diversity, big ideas and phenomenal creativity. It has enormous potential to fire pupils’ curiosity and imagination.
- A study of the Mughal Empire can encourage pupils to consider fundamental questions of identity and diversity.
- A study of the Mughal Empire is critical if pupils are to understand the diversity, tensions and achievements of modern India one of the most populous places on the planet.
- For pupils of Asian origin, the Mughal Empire is a central part of their heritage and personal identity.
- The close, complex and long-lasting relationship between Britain and the Mughal Empire, and the significance of the Mughal Empire in world history, make it an important part of all our identities.
- No other dynasty in the Islamic world has left behind more comprehensive historical documentation than the Mughals. A rich array of written sources, art, buildings and artefacts provides a