IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

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


  • Yigal Bronner

    (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


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.

Suggested Citation

  • 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

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sae:indeco:v:50:y:2013:i:2:p:161-177. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (SAGE Publications). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.