Dīn-i ilāhī
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Dīn-i ilāhī (lit., divine religion) is a misnomer for the spiritual leadership claimed by the Mughal Akbar (r. 963–1014/1556–1605) and the mystical imperial order he established simultaneously. The term was coined by the scholar and historian ʿAbd al-Qādir Badāʾūnī (d. 1024/1615) in his Muntakhab al-tavārīkh, in connection with a declaration that Mīrzā Jānī (d. 1009/1601), Arghūn ruler and the governor of Thatta, is said to have signed in about 1001/1593 and which included the following statement: “I… liberate and dissociate myself from the superficial and imitative Islam (Islām-i…

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Lefèvre, Corinne, “Dīn-i ilāhī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_26038>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 9789004282117, 2015, 2015-2

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