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Demolishing Myths or Mosques and Temples? Readings on History and Temple Desecration in Medieval Ind
Demolishing Myths or Mosques and Temples? Readings on History and Temple Desecration in Medieval Ind

Demolishing Myths or Mosques and Temples? Readings on History and Temple Desecration in Medieval Ind

by Richard H Davis

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English

Publisher

Three Essays

ISBN

8188789593 - Year: 2008 - Pages: 182

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Paperback

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Author: Richard H Davis
Romila Thapar/
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Sunil Kumar / Richard Eraton / Finbarr B Flood
Publisher: Three Essays
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 182
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188789593

Description

History, it is said, cannot be studied without reflecting on the practice of historians who narrate it. The articles in this volume introduce readers to the writings of four scholars who study the subject of temple desecration in interesting and different ways. They focus on the ways in which historians study the political culture, events, historical narratives, material remains and aesthetic norms of a time very distant from us.

Though their focus on the theme of temple desecration, a subject of considerable import in political rhetoric today, these essays also underling how easily history can be subverted to serve narrow cynical ends. At a time when history has become so important in the making of the nation's identity, the articles in this book invite the readers to pause and reflect on the craft of history, the exciting and engaging conclusions to which it can lead and the worrying ends to which it can also be nudged.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Sunil Kumar

Indian Art Objects as Loot
RICHARD H DAVIS

Somanatha: Narratives of a History
ROMILA THAPAR

Temple Desecratikoln in Pre-Modern India
RICHARD EATON

Islam, Iconoclasm and the Early Indian Mosque
FINBARR B FLOOD

Appendix:
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Address
to the Public Meeting at Somnath on Octoberr 31, 2001

Select Bibliography
Somnth

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