ISBN : 9780190121419

Chitralekha Zutshi
212 Pages
Pub date
Feb 2020
Oxford India Short Introductions Series
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Since 1947-48, when India and Pakistan fought their first war over Kashmir, it has been reduced to an endlessly disputed territory. As a result, the people of this region and its rich history are often forgotten. This short introduction untangles the complex issue of Kashmir to help readers understand not just its past, present, and future, but also the sources of the existing misconceptions about it. In lucidly written prose, the author presents a range of ways in which Kashmir has been imagined by its inhabitants and outsiders over the centuries-a sacred space, homeland, nation, secular symbol, and a zone of conflict. Kashmir thus emerges in this account as a geographic entity as well as a composite of multiple ideas and shifting boundaries that were produced in specific historical and political contexts.


Figure 1: Regions of Kashmir

Introduction: The Idea of Kashmir

Chapter One: Kashmir as Sacred Space

Chapter Two: Kashmir as Mulk

Chapter Three: Kashmir as Princely State

Chapter Four: Orientalizing and Nationalizing Kashmir

Chapter Five: Kashmir as Nation

Chapter Six: Fragmented Kashmir

Chapter Seven: The Kashmir Insurgency



About the Author

About the author: 

Chitralekha Zutshi is James Pinckney Harrison Professor, History, at the College of William & Mary, Virginia, US.Chitralekha Zutshi specializes in Modern South Asia, with particular expertise in Islamicate identities and culture, nationalism and national movements, and historical thought and practice. She is the author of Kashmir's Contested Pasts: Narratives, Sacred Geographies, and the Historical Imagination, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press.

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