Akbar Municipality created through Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 193 dated December 20, 2005.
It is composed of 9 barangays that were formerly part of Tuburan, including one island barangay. It has an area of 18.02 square kilometres (6.96 sq mi).
The place is named after Imam Akbar Marani, a known Islamic preacher/propagator and descendant of Kuddarat, who landed in Taguime (now part of the municipality of Moh’d Ajul) in 17th century and later migrated to central Mindanao. In his older age, Imam Akbar transferred from Sinangkapan, Akbar, to Lantawan based in Kanibungan and he was buried there.