India

Islamic art in India

Islam arrived in India with the Mughals in the sixteenth century,
and it is still practiced by millions today.

1526 - present

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The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal

This huge white-marble mausoleum is recognized the world over for its splendor, symmetry, and stunning gardens.

Bichitr, <em>Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings</em>
Bichitr, Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings

Who’s that in the plumed hat? From emperors to kings, the painter Bichitr mastered court portraiture.

Illustration from the <em>Akbarnama</em>
Illustration from the Akbarnama

Under Akbar the Great, the Mughal style of painting blended Indian, Persian, and Western artistic traditions.

Introduction to Islam
Introduction to Islam

One of the world’s main monotheistic faiths, Islam was founded by Muhammad, a merchant from Mecca.

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