City of Kashmir

Srinagar, A Popular History

October 2024 9781911723769 288p, 24 b&w illus
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City of Kashmir offers readers a journey into the 2,000-year history of Srinagar, exploring its written history, legends and oral traditions to take a living pulse. In exploring the city’s geography, it maps the daily rituals of life and the accompanying material culture, as well as the crafts for which Srinagar is justly famed worldwide. Based on twenty years’ research in Srinagar as a heritage consultant, Sameer Hamdani’s narrative is shaped and populated by glimpses of the historical built environment and other rich personal reflections, as well as selected translations of Sanskrit, Persian and Kashmiri poetry from the medieval and early modern periods.

Hamdani provides a detailed overview of the origin and development of Srinagar on a scale never previously attempted, covering the entirety of the pre-Muslim and Muslim eras in medieval Kashmir, with a focus on the cultural life of the city. Richly illustrated with drawings, sketches and other images, this inviting book will be a timely addition to our expanding knowledge of regional cultures across South Asia, especially as witnessed through their material production and legacies.


Sameer Hamdani is an architectural historian based in Srinagar. His previous books include Shi'ism in Kashmir: A History of Sunni-Shia Rivalry and Reconciliation and The Syncretic Traditions of Islamic Religious Architecture of Kashmir.

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