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Building Histories: The Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi

Mrinalini Rajagopalan


Building Histories traces the lives of five monuments in Delhi—Red Fort; Rasul Numa Dargah; Jama Masjid; Purana Qila; and the Qutb Complex—from the mid-nineteenth century to the twentieth century. Each monument is explored in an individual chapter, which considers the various appropriations of its history, function, and symbolism by state (colonial and postcolonial) and non-state actors. The starting point for this discussion is the mid-nineteenth century when institutionalized preservation cemented the histories, uses, symbolism, and stewardship of monuments within a rigid archive policed by ... More

Keywords: architecture, preservation, colonial histories, Delhi, Archaeological Survey of India, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Rasul Numa Dargah, Purana Qila, Qutb Minar, ASI

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226283470
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226331898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mrinalini Rajagopalan, author
University of Pittsburgh