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Celebrating Akbar's Vision: Creating an Indian Empire of the Spirit

  • Asia Society Texas Center 1370 Southmore Boulevard Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

DISCOVER Lecture Series

Cosponsored by Asia Society Texas Center

Promotional Partner – Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston

Michael Wood - Historian and Filmmaker, PBS host of The Story of India

Let justice and reason be our guide–Mughal Emperor Akbar theGreat.

In the 1570s, Akbar, the Muslim Emperor of Mughal India, began an audacious and visionary experiment which is still unique in history: fostering pluralism by consulting with leaders of all faiths. He invited Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Jains, Zoroastrians, and Sikhs to find common ground for peaceful coexistence. Akbar was patron of a brilliant flowering of art, architecture, poetry, and science. Although his religious project failed after his death, it offered a vision for the future that still has relevance in today’s troubled and divided world. In this illustrated talk, Michael Wood reflects on Akbar’s extraordinary personality and on what led the emperor on his very personal path towards tolerance and mutual understanding.

Our 50th Anniversary Celebration includes a post-lecture reception with dance, food and music.

Admission: Asia Society & AIA Members - $20  [Use code "AIAHOUSTON" to obtain discount by phone or online]

General Admission: $30

Tickets available at Asia Society Texas Center, Visitor & Member Services at 713.496.9901 or visit