Author: Richard H DavisRomila Thapar/Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Sunil Kumar / Richard Eraton / Finbarr B FloodPublisher: Three EssaysYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 182ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188789593
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.
INTRODUCTIONSunil KumarIndian Art Objects as LootRICHARD H DAVISSomanatha: Narratives of a HistoryROMILA THAPARTemple Desecratikoln in Pre-Modern IndiaRICHARD EATONIslam, Iconoclasm and the Early Indian MosqueFINBARR B FLOODAppendix:Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Address to the Public Meeting at Somnath on Octoberr 31, 2001Select BibliographySomnth