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Kashmir's contested pasts : narratives, sacred geographies, and the historical imagination

Author: Chitralekha Zutshi
Publisher: New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume explores the idea of Kashmir and the idea of history, and their articulation in tandem within Kashmir's multilingual historical tradition. It illuminates the multiple definitions of Kashmir as a sacred space and polity, and history as a tradition and a set of facts. It reflects on the historical memories and practices that have informed imaginings of Kashmir and its past, and the challenges posed to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chitralekha Zutshi
ISBN: 9780199084951 0199084955 0199450676 9780199450671
OCLC Number: 967264149
Awards: Winner of Honorable mention: Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
Contents: List of Illustrations ; Acknowledgements ; Introduction: Paradise on Earth: The Past and Present of History Writing in Kashmir ; 1. Garden of Solomon: Landscape and Sacred Pasts in Kashmir's Sixteenth-Century Persian Narratives ; 2. A Literary Paradise: The Tarikh Tradition in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Kashmir ; 3. Vernacular Histories: Narration and Practice in Kashmir's Nineteenth-Century Historiographical Tradition ; 4. The Multiple Lives of Rajatarangini: Orientalist and Nationalist Knowledge Production in Kashmir and Colonial India ; 5. The Kashmiri Narrative Public: Textuality, Orality, and Performance ; 6. The Divided Public: Battles over History and Territory in Contemporary Kashmir ; Conclusion ; Glossary ; Bibliography ; About the Author ; Index
Responsibility: Chitralekha Zutshi.

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This volume explores the idea of Kashmir and the idea of history, and their articulation in tandem within Kashmir's multilingual historical tradition. It illuminates the multiple definitions of Kashmir as a sacred space and polity, and history as a tradition and a set of facts. It reflects on the historical memories and practices that have informed imaginings of Kashmir and its past, and the challenges posed to these ideas in Kashmiri political culture today.

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Chitralekha Zutshi's Kashmir's Contested Pasts is a magisterial survey of Kashmiri historiography over the last several centuries, a history of the writing of histories in Kashmir ... The book ends Read more...

 
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