Dīn-i Ilāhī
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(Divine Faith), the heresy promulgated by the Indian Mug̲h̲al emperor Akbar [q.v.] in 989/1581. The heresy is related to earlier Alfī heretical movements in Indian Islam of the 10th/16th century, implying the need for the reorientation of faith at the end of the first millennium of the advent of the Prophet. Among its formative inspirations was Akbar’s reaction to the decadence and corruption of contemporary ʿulamāʾ , his eclecticism and religious tolerance, and the intellectual scepticism of his chief associate Abu ’l-Faḍl ʿAllāmī. Ethically, the Dīn-i Ilāhī prohibited sensualit…

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Ahmad, Aziz, “Dīn-i Ilāhī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1863>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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