The conclusion highlights the book’s main themes, particularly the idea that it was their participation in a vibrant historical tradition across the centuries that allowed Kashmiris to not only frame Kashmir’s (and their own) past, but also define the entity of Kashmir itself. Through a co-mingling of the textual and oral on the site of the cosmopolitan vernacular Persian and the regional vernacular Kashmiri, a range of individuals located in multiple institutional contexts articulated their vision of history, the purpose of historical narration, and the idea of Kashmir. Whether their narratives defined history as a set of facts or a tradition of recounting the past; historical narration as spiritual practice or courtly activity; Kashmir as a sacred space, polity, region, or nation, narrating the past remained a deeply charged political activity. It drew its legitimacy not from the state, but from its location within a well-established tradition of historical composition.
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