Languages of Belonging

Islam and Political Culture in Kashmir

April 2004 9781850656944 312pp
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April 2004 9781850657002 312pp


Despite its centrality to the political life of India and Pakistan, the few reliable works of history that have appeared on Kashmir insist ahistorically on the existence of a unique Kashmir cultural identity. This text questions the notion of any transcendent cultural uniqueness and ‘Kashmiriyat’.

Languages of Belonging is a quantum leap forward in Kashmir studies and will make one of the best histories of “regional” identities and economies in India yet produced.’ — Professor Sir Christopher Bayly, Cambridge University


Chitralekha Zutsi is Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary.

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