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Books

Kashmir has been written about for centuries. Off late, owing to the peculiar situation Kashmir is in, almost every south Asian scholar has written a book on Kashmir. This section offers detailed reviews of the Jammu and Kashmir related books, interviews and profiles of the authors, besides, vital excerpts from the books written recently and in past.

Deconstructing The Ayodhya Controversy

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay's The Demolition, the Verdict, and the Temple examines the Ayodhya controversy, highlighting its profound societal impacts, writes Syed Shadab Ali Gillani The...

Mahmud Gami: An Introduction

University of Kashmir professor, Mufti Mudasir is discovering great Kashmiri poets for the English readership. After translating Gani Kashmiri, and Mehmud Gami, he was...

Kashmir’s Feudal Masters

In Kashmir’s history, the invaders, despots and autocrats worked in close association with the feudal lords to control the land and the people, a...

Kashmir’s Bakshi Era

In her book, A Fate Written On Matchboxes, Hafsa Kanjwal, a Kashmir-origin American scholar, revisits the structure and systems in the decade-old rule by...

Tamed, Not Caged

Chitralekha Zutshi’s book, Sheikh Abdullah – The Caged Lion of Kashmir is by far the most perceptive work on Abdullah but is short of...

Pakistan: Menon Memories

Thirty years after The Hindu journalist Kesava Menon returned from his Pakistan posting, his memoir published by Speaking Tiger Books is a fresh commentary...

Books on Kashmir in 2023

Kashmir continues to be the most written-about region. Though the books focusing on Kashmir lack too many native voices, the 2023 collection is huge...

Top 100 Kashmir Doctors

SKIMS pathologist and a prolific writer, Dr Rumana Makhdoomi teams up with Kashmiri American Prof Faroque Khan to profile 100 top Kashmir doctors who...

In Maharaja’s Defence

After going through the first of the three-volume book on the era presided over by Maharaja Hari Singh, Muhammad Nadeem believes the narrative is...

The Agha of English Ghazal

Manan Kapoor’s book on Agha Shahid Ali is a refreshing long story about the leading Kashmir poet whose indelible footprints in English literature will...

Akhtar Mohiuddin’s Kashmir

One of Kashmir’s most respected writer-intellectuals, Akhtar Mohiuddin (1928 – 2001) has used multi-disciplinary techniques for exploring the distant past to understand the evolution...
Photograph of a Buddhist stupa mound near Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by John Burke in 1868. Buddhism was established in Kashmir from the third century BC but declined by the 8th century AD, eclipsed by Hindu Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Two of the most important sites for Buddhist remains in the Kashmir valley are Harwan near Srinagar and Ushkur near Baramulla.

Evolution of Kashmir Identity

Two Kashmir scholars revisited 3500 years of Kashmir’s distant past to generate a flawless academic narrative about how conquests, trade, cultural encounters and faiths...

Kashmir, Islam and Identity

Notwithstanding its remoteness, Kashmir has always remained connected with the major movements the world over. Its transition to Islam is one such milestone. However,...

‘Islam is Neither Against Rationality nor Democracy’

Tauseef Ahmad Parray's latest book, which Oxford University Press published, promises to be a ground-breaking exploration of Islam and democracy in the twenty-first century. In an...
Near Khanqah-e-Moala British colourist William Carpenter Junior (1818-1899) has drawn this picture during one of his three visits to Kashmir. the most Known was in 1853.

Tarikh-i-Kashmir

Prof Abdul Qaiyum Rafiqi, one of Kashmir’s top historians has published the translation of a late sixteenth-century history chronicle, Sayyid Ali’s Tarikh-i-Kashmir. Prof Ashraf...