Balochistan Archives now online

September 26, 2013
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Balochistan Archives now online "The Balochistan Archives has an impressive collection of the official records, rare books, and rare photographs of the British period. The Directorate has catalogued 27,000 files for research purposes in addition to 29,000 files of defunct Commissioners' Office. Our collections include the Agent to the Governor General (AGG) Balochistan's Records (1831-1947), Revenue Commissioner's Records...
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Learning Sindhi language in India

June 13, 2013
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Learning Sindhi Sindhi is a language spoken as a mother tongue by 23.4 million people in Pakistan, where it is the official language of the province of Sindh, and 2.8 million people in India, where it enjoys official status since its inclusion in 1967 in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Sindhi’s official recognition...
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Tribute to Dr Charu Gidwani (1970-2013)

May 13, 2013
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Tribute to Dr Charu Gidwani (1970-2013) Dr Charu Gidwani was born on 21 August 1970 in Pune, Maharashtra (India). She was the daughter of the renowned scholar Dr Parso Gidwani (1932-2004) and of Pushpa Khubchandani. Parso was born in Dadu, Sindh, nowadays in Pakistan and Pushpa was born in Karachi. In 1947 both their families migrated to India, leaving their...
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Call for papers: "Sindh through the centuries", December 2013

May 3, 2013
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Call for papers: "Sindh through the centuries", December 2013 Second International Seminar on "Sindh through the centuries" Karachi, December 2013 "Sindh Madressatul Islam University is organizing Second International Seminar on “Sindh Through the Centuries” at Karachi in December 2013. The seminar will focus on history, culture, language, archeology, anthropology, cuisine, arts and crafts of Sindh, which has the distinction of being the seat...
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Workshop: Pilgrims and Politics in Pakistan, 21 May 2013 (Paris)

April 25, 2013
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Workshop: Pilgrims and Politics in Pakistan, 21 May 2013 (Paris) This Workshop, whose proceedings will be conducted in English, aims to focus attention on the adaptation of the institutions and languages of Sufism to the political economy of different regions of Pakistan and to explore the potential of Sufism to negotiate the impact of radical Islam on the Pakistani state. Bringing together established and...
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Book: Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis by Jürgen Wasim Frembgen

February 8, 2013
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Book: Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis by Jürgen Wasim Frembgen Jürgen Wasim Frembgen, Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis. Unheard Pakistan, Karachi, OUP, 2012. "In Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis, Jürgen Wasim Frembgen takes the reader along on his fascinating journeys into the world of mystic music in Pakistan. In rich descriptions, he relates his personal experiences and emotions...
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Workshop: Discussing recent work on Islam in South Asia

December 18, 2012
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The research team "History and Sufism in the Indus Valley", coordinated by Michel Boivin at the Center for South Asian Studies (CEIAS) in Paris, organizes a workshop to discuss on recent publications focusing on Islam in India and Pakistan. It will be held at the CEIAS on 24 January 2013 between 9 am and...
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The First International Conference on Karachi (2013)

December 14, 2012
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The First International Conference on Karachi (2013) The First International Conference on Karachi will be held in 2013 in Karachi. For the purpose abstracts are invited on the broad theme divided in to ‘the historical’, ‘the contemporary’, and ‘the physical’ on all subjects related to Karachi. Abstracts should be 300 – 350 words required to be submitted on the prescribed e-mail...
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International conference: Exploring modern South Asian history with visual research methods

December 12, 2012
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Call for papers ‘Exploring modern South Asian history with visual research methods: theories and practices’ Conference University of Cambridge, 15 – 16 March 2013 CFP deadline: 31 December 2012 Conveners: Dr Annamaria Motrescu (University of Cambridge) and Prof. Marcus Banks (University of Oxford) Full details at http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2066/ The Centre of South Asian Studies, University...
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Preserving endangered Urdu language periodicals

December 2, 2012
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Preserving endangered Urdu language periodicals The University of Chicago has been awarded a grant from the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme (EAP), funded by Arcadia, for the digitization and preservation of 60 rare and endangered Urdu language periodicals. You can read more about the project EAP566: Endangered Urdu periodicals: preservation and access for vulnerable scholarly resources. You can also...
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A comparative review of recent books on Pakistan (EPW)

November 19, 2012
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A comparative review of recent books on Pakistan (EPW) In her review article ("Contesting notions of Pakistan", Economic & Political Weekly, November 10, 2012, vol. XLVII, n°45.), S Akbar Zaidi, a political economist based in Karachi, draws a comparative, critical and stimulating analysis of six recent books focusing on Pakistan. These books, of varying genres (journalistic, policy-oriented, academic, literary...) and covering various themes...
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International conference on Ethics and Spirituality in Islam, 29 November-1 December 2012

October 23, 2012
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International conference on Ethics and Spirituality in Islam, 29 November-1 December 2012 Ethic and Spirituality in Islam: Adab of the Sufis (Ethique et spiritualité en islam: l'adab soufi) 29 November-1 December 2012 IISMM-EHESS, INALCO, Paris Conveners Eve Feuillebois-Pierunek (Sorbonne Nouvelle), Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen (INALCO, IUF), Luca Patrizi (University of Aix en Provence and L’Orientale at Naples) Institutional partners IISMM, Mondes iranien et indien, CETOBAC, Institut Universitaire de...
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Sindhi Studies Group

The aim of this scholarly blog is to develop a platform bringing together social scientists interested in Sindh, a region located in southern Pakistan, and its diaspora, mainly in India. The goal of our study group is to share and disseminate a wide range of information on the evolution of Sindhi society while exploring the interrelated dynamics in the religious, political and cultural arenas.

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