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Languages of Belonging: Islam, Regional Identity, and the Making of Kashmir
Despite its centrality to the political life of India and Pakistan, Kashmir has met with rather perfunctory treatment from historians of South Asia. The few works of history and politics that have appeared on this region, moreover, insist on defining Kashmiri culture, history, and identity in terms of the ahistorical concept of Kashmiriyat, or a uniquely Kashmiri cultural ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA
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A remarkable work--Zutshi fundamentally moves beyond the current historiography of Kashmir in terms of the primary (Kashmiri-language-based) sources she uses and themes she explores. She also situates the relationship between identity and religion in Kashmir in a wider time frame.