Loading, please wait...

Somanatha - by Romila Thapar (Paperback)

Somanatha - by  Romila Thapar (Paperback) - image 1 of 1
Somanatha - by  Romila Thapar (Paperback) - image 1 of 1
Shipping
Not available

About this item

Specifications

Number of Pages: 288

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Asia

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Verso

Book theme: India & South Asia

Author: Romila Thapar

Language: English

TCIN: 79135684
UPC: 9781784780654
Item Number (DPCI): 247-12-5848

Description

In 1026, Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni raided the Hindu temple of Somanatha (Somnath in textbooks of the colonial period). The story of the raid has reverberated in Indian history, but largely during the raj. It was first depicted as a trauma for the Hindu population not in India, but in the House of Commons. The triumphalist accounts of the event in Turko-Persian chronicles became the main source for most eighteenth-century historians. It suited everyone and helped the British to divide and rule a multi-millioned subcontinent.

In her new book, Romila Thapar, the doyenne of Indian historians, reconstructs what took place by studying other sources, including local Sanskrit inscriptions, biographies of kings and merchants of the period, court epics and popular narratives that have survived. The result is astounding and undermines the traditional version of what took place. These findings also contest the current Hindu religious nationalism that constantly utilises the conventional version of this history.

If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.

Recommended


From the manufacturer

No information loaded.

Guest Ratings & Reviews

No reviews yet! Be the first to help other guests.

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.


*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.