Lahore: Topophilia of Space and Place

ISBN : 9780190706456

Anna Suvorova
272 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Mar 2022
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The book is a reconstruction of the historical and cultural images of Lahore, one of the oldest cities in the Indian Subcontinent. The author has chosen an interdisciplinary approach that combines the studies in cultural anthropology, literary and historical sources, art history and humanistic geography. The central point of the analysis is topophilia (lit. love of place), the term used to describe the strong sense of place or identity among certain peoples and groups. In the present book, the topophilia of Lahore is represented through interrelations of different types of urban locations, landscapes, architecture and artefacts on the one hand and human attitudes, rituals and manners and customs on the other. The author's aim is to show how the historical and cultural developments of people build up the cultural landscape of the city and how the geographical place and space, in their turn, influence the behaviour and identity of Lahore's citizens.


Foreword by Carl W. Ernst
1. On Topophilia
2. 'Lahore is Lahore'
3. Between Mosque and Tomb
4. The Name of the Garden: Shalimar and Others
5. The 'Immured Bride': A City Legend
6. 'Bread and Games!'
7. The City of Dreadful Night
8. Down the Cool Street
Epilogue: Lahore vs. Lucknow

About the author: 

Anna Suvorova is the author of several books including Masnavi: A Study of Urdu Romance (OUP, 2000), Muslim Saints of South Asia: The Eleventh to Fifteenth Century (London; New York: Routledge, 2004, 2011), Early Urdu Theatre: Traditions and Transformations (Lahore: NCA Publications, 2009), Benazir Bhutto: A Multidimensional Portrait (OUP, 2015), and Widows and Daughters: Gender, Kinship, and Power in South Asia (OUP, 2019). Since 1972, she has worked at the Institute of Oriental Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences), currently she is the Head of the Department of Asian Literatures. In 2009, she was conferred the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan for her contribution to research on Pakistani Cultural Heritage.

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