The Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies presents emerging critical knowledge frameworks and perspectives that foreground situated histories and resistance practices to challenge colonial and postcolonial forms of governance and state building. It politicizes discourses of nationalism, patriotism, democracy, and liberalism, and it questions how these dominant globalist imaginaries and discourses serve institutionalized power, create hegemony, and normalize domination. In doing so, the handbook situates Critical Kashmir Studies scholarship within global scholarly conversations on nationalism, sovereignty, indigenous movements, human rights, and international law.

The handbook is organized into the following five parts:

  • Territories, Homelands, Borders
  • Militarism, Humanism, Occupation
  • Memories, Futures, Imaginations
  • Religion, History, Politics
  • Armed Conflict, Global War, Transnational Solidarities

A comprehensive reference work documenting and consolidating the growing Critical Kashmir Studies scholarship, this handbook will be of interest to scholars of anthropology, political science, cultural studies, legal and sociolegal studies, sociology, history, critical Indigenous studies, settler colonial studies, and feminist studies.

chapter |16 pages

Critical Kashmir Studies

Settler Occupations and the Persistence of Resistance
ByMona Bhan, Haley Duschinski, Deepti Misri

section Section I|76 pages

Territories, Homelands, Borders

chapter 1|16 pages

Peasant Imaginaries and “Kashmiri Nationalism”

ByIdrees Kanth

chapter 2|12 pages

On Naya Kashmir

BySuvir Kaul

chapter 4|12 pages

Kashmiri Sikh Women and Their Experiences With Conflict

ByKhushdeep Kaur Malhotra

chapter 5|9 pages

Disabling Kashmir

ByDeepti Misri

chapter 6|12 pages

Hortus Interruptus

A Time for Alegropolitics in Kashmir
ByAnanya Jahanara Kabir

section Section II|56 pages

Militarism, Humanitarianism, Occupation

chapter 7|18 pages

Claiming the Streets

Political Resistance Among Kashmiri Youth
ByMohd Tahir Ganie

chapter 8|12 pages

The Writ of Liberty in the Courts of Kashmir

ByShrimoyee Nandini Ghosh, Haley Duschinski

chapter 9|11 pages

Trade, Boundaries, and Self-Determination

ByAditi Saraf

chapter 10|11 pages

Sensory Remembrance

Retelling the 1990s in Downtown Srinagar
ByBhavneet Kaur

section Section III|85 pages

Memories, Futures, Imaginations

chapter 11|17 pages

Dogs of War, War Dogs

The Afterlives of Manto in Two Kashmiri Graphic Novels
ByAmit R. Baishya

chapter 12|13 pages

Cosmopolitanism, Food, and Memory

The Lhasa Restaurant of Srinagar
ByAnisa Bhutia

chapter 13|12 pages

The Country of Privilege

Problematizing the Country Without a Post Office
ByHuzaifa Pandit

chapter 14|12 pages

Mixing Genre, Making Truth Claims

Human Rights Storytelling in Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
ByRakhshan Rizwan

chapter 15|14 pages

Cached Resistance

The “Unheard” Narratives of Militancy in Kashmir
ByHaris Zargar

chapter 16|13 pages

Playing Cricket in Eidgah

Affective Labor in Kashmiri Childhood(s)
BySarbani Sharma

section Section IV|83 pages

Religion, History, Politics

chapter 17|13 pages

Religious and Political Power in Kashmir

Recollecting the Past for the (Post)colonial Present
ByDean Accardi

chapter 18|16 pages

Tehreek History Writers of Kashmir

Reconstructing Memory at the Margins of Postcolonial Empire
ByMohamad Junaid

chapter 19|10 pages

Remembering Home, Imagining the Future

Changing Meanings of Home Among Kashmiri Pandits
ByAnkur Datta

chapter 20|15 pages

Liberal Silence on Kashmir and the Malleability of Ethics in India

ByGowhar Fazili

chapter 21|15 pages

Territory, Identity, and Islamization in Medieval Kashmir

ByRafiq A. Pirzada

section Section V|77 pages

Armed Conflict, Global War, Transnational Solidarities

chapter 23|18 pages

Third World Imperialism and Kashmir's Sovereignty Trap

ByHaley Duschinski, Mona Bhan

chapter 25|12 pages

Sanctioned Ignorance and the Crisis of Solidarity for Kashmir

ByAther Zia

chapter 26|12 pages

Kashmir, Feminisms, and Global Solidarities

ByNitasha Kaul

chapter 27|17 pages

Kashmir Diaspora Mobilizations

Toward Transnational Solidarity in an Age of Settler Colonialism
ByHafsa Kanjwal