Punjab Reconsidered: History, Culture, and Practice

Hardcover | March 12, 2012

EditorAnshu Malhotra, Farina Mir

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This book considers the notion of 'Punjabiyat', and examines if there exists an 'idea of Punjab' or 'ideas of Punjab' that connects people from the region, now scattered across the globe. Deploying a variety of methodological and disciplinary techniques, the volume discusses changing contoursand notions of territoriality, migrations, and diaspora; language and literary cultures; colonial experience; religious identities; Sikh studies and identity; cultural and religious syncretism; and middle class and urban spaces; conversion and politics of difference. Through a careful analyses ofaspects of Punjabi social, cultural, political, and religious history, it explores areas like mentalities and social texts, symbols and cultural representations, elite and popular cultures, social codes and their performance and reception. This book will interest scholars, students, and researchers of history, particularly modern India, as well as sociology and cultural studies.

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This book considers the notion of 'Punjabiyat', and examines if there exists an 'idea of Punjab' or 'ideas of Punjab' that connects people from the region, now scattered across the globe. Deploying a variety of methodological and disciplinary techniques, the volume discusses changing contoursand notions of territoriality, migrations, ...

Dr. Anshu Malhotra is Associate Professor at the Department of History, University of Delhi, Delhi. Dr Farina Mir is Associate Professor at the Department of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:March 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of Figures and MapsAnshu Malhotra and Farina Mir: Punjab in History and Historiography: An IntroductionSection I: Literary Cultures and Language Politics1. Christopher Shackle: Punjabi Sufi Poetry from Farid to Farid2. Alyssa Ayres: Language, the Nation, and Symbolic Capital: The Case of PunjabSection II: Texts, Contexts and Religious Identities3. Louis E. Fenech: The History of the afar-nmah of Guru Gobind Singh4. Anne Murphy: An Idea of Religion: Identity, Difference and Comparison in the Gurbil?s5. Gurinder Singh Mann: Guru Nanak's Life and Legacy: An AppraisalSection III: Religious Cultures: Marginal, Popular, Controversial6. Harjot Oberoi: Brotherhood of the Pure: The Poetics and Politics of Cultural Transgression7. Anshu Malhotra: Panths and Piety in the Nineteenth Century: The Gulabdasis of Punjab8. Farina Mir: Genre and Devotion in Punjabi Popular Narratives: Rethinking Cultural and Religious Syncretism9. Cassie Adcock: Brave Converts in the Arya Samaj: The Case of Dharm PalSection IV: Colonialism: Rural and Urban Cultures10. David Gilmartin: Environmental History, Biradari, and the Making of Pakistani Punjab11. Markus Daechsel: Being Middle-class in Late Colonial Punjab12. William J. Glover: Construing Urban Spaces as 'Public' in Colonial India: Some Notes From the PunjabSection V: Cosmopolitanisms: Historical and Contemporary13. Simona Sawhney: Bhagat Singh: A Politics of Death and Hope14. Anna Bigelow: Post-Partition Pluralism: Placing Islam in Indian Punjab15. Tony Ballantyne: Migration, Cultural Legibility and the Politics of Identity in the Making of British Sikh CommunitiesNotes on Contributors