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The Making of Early Kashmir: Landscape and Identity in the Rajatarangini / Kaul, Shonaleeka
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The Making of Early Kashmir: Landscape and Identity in the Rajatarangini
Kaul, Shonaleeka
 
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  Book ID : 43861
  ISBN-10 : 0-19-948292-6 / 0199482926
  ISBN-13 : 978-0-19-948292-4 / 9780199482924
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2018
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  xix, 190p., 3 Maps, 9 Col. Plts., Bib., Index, 20 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-

1. Introduction

2. Poetics and the Past: Questions of History in Kalha?a’s Rajatara?gi?i
The History Hypothesis or The History That Wasn’t
The Literary Hypothesis
Is the Rajatara?gi?i a Kavya?
Metapoetry and Epistemic Insight
‘The River of Kings’ as a Flow of Exemplars
Critique of Power—and Time

3. Imagined Landscape: Myth, Memory, and Place-Making
Cosmopolitan and Vernacular in Kashmir
Layers of Landscape
Mapping the Land
Nature and Ritual
Storytelling and the Moral Agency of Nagas
Local Imageries
Kingdom of Piety or This Troubled Land

4. (Re)locating Early Kashmir: Geoculture of a Region and Beyond
From Unique History to Connected Histories
Text
Material Culture
Script
Language
Art

5. Conclusion

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

What is history? How does a land become a homeland? How are cultural identities formed? The Making of Early Kashmir explores these questions in relation to the birth of Kashmir and the discursive and material practices that shaped it up to the 12th century CE.

Reinterpreting the first work of Kashmiri history, Kalhana’s Rajatarangini, this book argues that the text was history not despite being traditional Sanskrit poetry but because of it. It elaborated a poetics of place, implicating Kashmir’s sacred geography, a stringent critique of local politics, and a regional selfhood that transcended the limits of vernacularism.

Combined with longue durée testimonies from art, material culture, script, and linguistics, this book jettisons the image of an isolated and insular Kashmir. It proposes a cultural formation that straddled the Western Himalayas and the Indic plains with Kashmir as the pivot. This is the story of the connected histories of the region and the rest of India.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Shonaleeka Kaul is a cultural historian of early South Asia, specializing in working with Sanskrit texts. She is associate professor in the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

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