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From conqueror to connoisseur: Kalhaṇa’s account of JayÄ pīḠa and the fashioning of Kashmir as a Kingdom of learning

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  • Yigal Bronner

    (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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This article is primarily concerned with asking how we can read Kalhaṇa’s RÄ jataraá¹…giṇī 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 JayÄ pīḠa’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 RÄ jataraá¹…giṇī, 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.

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  • Yigal Bronner, 2013. "From conqueror to connoisseur: Kalhaṇa’s account of JayÄ pīḠa and the fashioning of Kashmir as a Kingdom of learning," The Indian Economic & Social History Review, , vol. 50(2), pages 161-177, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:indeco:v:50:y:2013:i:2:p:161-177
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