Wrestlers, Pigeon Fanciers, and Kite Flyers: Traditional Sports and Pastimes in Lahore

Hardcover | November 5, 2014

byJurgen Wasim Frembgen, Paul Rollier

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In today's Pakistan the dominant conservative mindset tends to marginalize leisure activities. However, traditional sports and pastimes, games and play, entertainment and amusement are an expression of happiness and joy and an integral part of popular culture. They represent a cultural systemand preserve cultural values. The dimension of playfulness inherent in traditional sports and pastimes is clearly articulated in the culture of the Punjab in general and of Lahore in particular, especially in the Walled City. The popular pastimes selected for this study, namely wrestling, flying pigeons and kite fighting, arealmost emblematic of the Walled City, an urban space where wrestlers, pigeon fanciers and kite flyers appear to be the veritable custodians of Lahori culture. This is the first book that details these traditional sports and pastimes, which, the authors argue, form an integral part of social life in Pakistan and create important bonds between various communities.

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In today's Pakistan the dominant conservative mindset tends to marginalize leisure activities. However, traditional sports and pastimes, games and play, entertainment and amusement are an expression of happiness and joy and an integral part of popular culture. They represent a cultural systemand preserve cultural values. The dimension ...

Jurgen Wasim Frembgen is an Islamicist, anthropologist, writer, and Senior Curator (Hauptkonservator) of the Islamic Collection at the Munich State Museum of Ethnology. He is also Professor, of History of Religion and Culture of Islam at the Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Munich. Since 1981, he has taught ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:November 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199069182

ISBN - 13:9780199069187

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionCelebrating the Male Body: Traditional Muslim WrestlingThe Everyday Pleasures of Flying PigeonsDuels in the Air: The Art of Kite Fighting