The Muslim and Hindu
peoples of Kashmir have lived in relative harmony and friendliness since
the 13th century when Islam first became the majority religion in Kashmir.
The Sufi-Islamic way of life that ordinary Muslims followed in Kashmir
complemented the rishi tradition of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus), leading
to a syncretic culture where Hindus and Muslims revered the same local
saints and prayed at the same shrines.