Prince Khurram was a favorite of his grandfather, Emperor Akbar, who saw in the young prince a reflection of himself. Akbar was not mistaken. Khurram proved himself to be a brave soldier, an able commander and an excellent strategist. He was certainly the natural heir to his father, Jahangir, who recognizing his qualities gave him the title of Shah Jahan or Ruler of the World. But his stepmother, Noor Jahan, had other plans.