From Conqueror to Connoisseur: Kalhaṇa’s Account of Jayāpīḍa and the Fashioning of Kashmir as a Kingdom of Learning

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Abstract

This article is primarily concerned with asking how we can read Kalhaṇa’s Rājataraṅgiṇī as historians, other than by mining it for facts and names or using it as a proof of some South Asian given. I conduct my investigation on a relatively small sample, a well-defined narrative sequence of about 100 verses from the fourth chapter, or ‘wave’, of the River of Kings (4.402–502), which narrates King Jayāpīḍa’s first military campaign. I try to demonstrate that this section depicts a dramatic shift in Kashmir’s investment in learning and the arts. Thus I argue that the Rājataraṅgiṇī, despite its unifying poetic and moralistic framework, is acutely attuned to changes in Kashmir’s history, including this region’s special cultural and intellectual history, a topic that is clearly dear to Kalhaṇa’s heart.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)161-177
Number of pages17
JournalIndian Economic and Social History Review
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Jayāpīḍa
  • Kalhaṇa
  • Kashmir
  • RājataraṅgiN{dot below}ī
  • Udbhat{dot below}a
  • cultural and intellectual history

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • History
  • General Social Sciences

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