AKBAR, EMPEROR OF INDIA. 25 work is divided in two parts, the first one of which under the title Akbarname, "Akbar Book/' contains the complete history of Akbar's reign, whereas the second part, the Am i Akbari, "The Institutions of Akbar," gives a presentation of the political and religious constitution and administra- tion of India under Akbar's reign. It is also deserving of mention in this connection that Akbar instituted a board for contemporary chronicles, whose duty it was to compose the official record of all events relating to the Emperor and the government as well as to collect all laws and decrees.27 When Akbar's recreation hours had come in the night the poet§ of his court brought their verses. Transla- tions of famous works in Sanskrit literature, of the New Testament and of other interesting books were read aloud, all of which captivated the vivacious mind of the Emperor from which nothing was farther removed than onesided- ness and narrow-mindedness. Akbar had also a discrimi- nating appreciation for art and industries. He himself designed the plans for some extremely beautiful cande- labra, and the manufacture of tapestry reached such a state of perfection in India under his personal supervision that in those days fabrics were produced in the great imperial factories which in beauty and value excelled the famous rugs of Persia. With still more important results Akbar in- fluenced the realm of architecture in that he discovered how to combine two completely different styles. For in- deed, "the union of Mohammedan and Indian motives in the buildings of Akbar (who here as in all other de- partments strove to perfect the complete elevation of na- tional and religious details) to form an improved third style/528 is entirely original. Among other ways Akbar betrayed the scientific trend of his mind by sending out an expedition in search of the "Noer, 1,432,433- 28 A. Muller, II. 386.