Interpreting the Sindhi World: Essays on Society and History

Hardcover | February 11, 2010

EditorMichel Boivin, Matthew A. Cook

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For more than thirty years, there has not been a project that consolidates international university-level scholarship on Sindh and Sindhis into a single forum. This book seeks to unite the wide community of scholars who work on Sindh and with Sindhis. The book's interdisciplinary focus is onhistory and society. It represents a 'snap shot' of contemporary research from different disciplines and locations. It combines interdisciplinary and multi-local approaches to describe the diversity of Sindh's 'voices' and to raise questions about how they are historically and socio-culturallydefined. Conventional studies of Sindh and Sindhis often bend the region and its people upon themselves to analyze society and history. This collection of essays treats Sindh and its people not as isolated regional entities, but rather entries in a wider socio-cultural and historical web. Sindhisare a global community and this collection generates new perspectives on them by integrating detailed studies on Pakistan with those from India and the diaspora. Such an approach contrasts with other writings by celebrating rather than erasing multi-cultural faces from Sindh's human tapestry. Byrethreading unheard socio-cultural and historical voices into understanding Sindh and its people, this collection disputes the vision of Sindhis as a monolithic Muslim population in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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For more than thirty years, there has not been a project that consolidates international university-level scholarship on Sindh and Sindhis into a single forum. This book seeks to unite the wide community of scholars who work on Sindh and with Sindhis. The book's interdisciplinary focus is onhistory and society. It represents a 'snap sh...

Michel Boivin is Research Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, CNRS-EHESS (Paris). After graduation in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Lyon 2, he taught contemporary History of the Muslim world. He is currently Research Fellow at CNRS and is heading the French Interdisciplinary Mission in Sindh (MIFS). His las...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:February 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195477191

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Table of Contents

Michel Boivin and Matthew Cook: Introduction1. Michel Boivin: Pithoro Pir and the Pirpanthis: Materials on a Forgotten Tradition2. Lata Parwani: The Legends of Udero Lal: Deconstructing a Cultural Icon in Sindh3. Matthew Cook: Getting Ahead or Keeping Your Head? The 'Sindhi' Migration of the 18th Century4. Farhana Ibrahim: Mobility, Territory and Authenticity: Sindhi Hindus in Kachchh, Gujarat5. Paulo Lemos Horta: Richard Burton's Sindh: Folklore, Syncretism and Empire6. Rita Kothari: Unwanted Identities: the Sindhis of Gujarat7. Steven Ramey: Recreating Sindh: Formations of Sindhi Hindu Saint Movements in New Contexts8. Oskar Varaiik: The Sufi Saints of Sindhi Nationalism9. Frederique Pagani: The NGO, the Guru and the Town Study of a Sindhi Charitable Organization in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh10. Maya Khemlani David: The Function and Role of Code Switching in the Malaysian Sindhi Community11. Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar: The Push and Pull of Displacement: The Hindu Exodus from Karachi in 1947Index