Akbar's Multiculturalism: Lessons for Diversity Management in the 21st Century

Syed, J. (2011) Akbar's Multiculturalism: Lessons for Diversity Management in the 21st Century. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 28 (4). pp. 402-412. ISSN 1936-4490. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper challenges the hegemony of US-centric perspectives in the diversity management literature by explaining how non-Western histories and cultures may provide alternative contexts for understanding and managing diversity. In pursuit of this, the paper describes how Muslim ruler Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar conceptualized multiculturalism in 16th century India, and how his principles of sulh-i-kul, rah-i-aql, and rawa-i-rozi may be adopted to develop a sociopolitical environment conducive to managing cultural diversity in organizations, an environment currently lacking even in the majority of democratic countries in the world today. Le présent article s'inscrit en faux contre l'hégémonie des perspectives américano-centriques dans les travaux en gestion de la diversité, en expliquant comment les histoires et les cultures non-occidentales offrent des contextes différents pour l'intelligence et la gestion de la diversité. L'article décrit notamment comment le souverain musulman Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar a conceptualisé la notion de multiculturalisme en Inde au XVIe siècle, et comment ses principes de sulh-i-kul, rah-i-aql et de rawa-i-rozi peuvent être adoptés pour créer un environnement sociopolitique favorable à la gestion de la diversité dans les organisations, un tel environnement faisant actuellement défaut même dans la plupart des pays démocratiques du monde.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Jennifer Knapp
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2010 14:53
Last Modified: 03 May 2013 13:33
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24940 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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