Demolishing Myths or Mosques and Temples?
Readings On History And Temple Desecration In Medieval India
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. Through their focus on the theme of temple desecration, a subject of considerable import in political rhetoric today, these essays also underline 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. This collection hopes to bridge the serious gap between historical research available in the academy and the materials accessible to school and college teachers, students and other interested readers. There is no gainsaying that the book has a huge contemporary relevance. About The Author: Sunil Kumar is professor of medieval history in the Department of History, Delhi University. His previous publications include The Present in Delhi's Pasts and The Emergence of the Delhi Sultanate. He has also participated in the current revision of the NCERT history textbooks and is the managing editor of the Indian Economic and Social History Review. Table of Contents 1. Introduction / Sunil Kumar 2. Indian Art Objects as Loot / Richard H. Davis 3. Soman?tha: Narrat