Book: Sufism and everyday politics of belonging in South Asia by Dandekar and Tschacher

Dandekar, D. and Tschacher, T., eds, Islam, Sufism and everyday politics of belonging in South Asia, London: Routledge, 2016.

“This book looks at the study of ideas, practices and institutions in South Asian Islam, commonly identified as ‘Sufism’, and how they relate to politics in South Asia. While the importance of Sufism for the lives of South Asian Muslims has been repeatedly asserted, the specific role played by Sufism in contestations over social and political belonging in South Asia has not yet been fully analysed.

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Journal issue: Partition and Sindh: Dispersals, Memories and Diasporas

Priya Kumar and Rita Kothari (eds), special issue on “Partition and Sindh: Dispersals, Memories and Diasporas”, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, vol. 39, no. 4, 2016.

Introduction
Sindh, 1947 and Beyond
Priya Kumar & Rita Kothari
Pages: 773-789
Unwanted Refugees: Sindhi Hindus in India and Muhajirs in Sindh
Nandita Bhavnani
Pages: 790-804
Alienation, Displacement and Home in Mohan Kalpana’s Jalavatni
Trisha Lalchandani
Pages: 805-819

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Book: Annexation and the Unhappy Valley by Matthew Cook

Matthew A. Cook, Annexation and the Unhappy Valley, The Historical Anthropology of Sindh’s Colonization. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

“Annexation and the Unhappy Valley: The Historical Anthropology of Sindh’s Colonization addresses the nineteenth century expansion and consolidation of British colonial power in the Sindh region of South Asia. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach and employs a fine-grained, nuanced and situated reading of multiple agents and their actions. It explores how the political and administrative Continue reading Book: Annexation and the Unhappy Valley by Matthew Cook

Book: Devotional Islam in Contemporary South Asia by Michel Boivin and Rémy Delage

Boivin, M. and Delage, R., Devotional Islam in Contemporary South Asia. Shrines, journeys and wanderers, London: Routledge, 2016.

“The book discusses the role of popular Islam in structuring individual and collective identities in contemporary South Asia. It identifies similarities and differences between the worship of saints and the pattern of religious attendance to tombs and mausoleums in South Asian Sufism and Shi`ism. Inspired by new advances in the field of ritual and pilgrimage studies, the book demonstrates that religious gatherings are spaces of negotiation and redefinitions of religious Continue reading Book: Devotional Islam in Contemporary South Asia by Michel Boivin and Rémy Delage

Book: Karachi. The Land Issue by Arif Hasan, Noman Ahmed, Mansoor Raza et al

Arif Hasan, Noman Ahmed, Mansoor Raza, Asiya Sadiq-Polack,  Saeed Uddin Ahmed, and Moizza B. Sarwar, Karachi: The Land Issue, Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Karachi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It is Pakistan’s only port and the major contributor to the country’s economy. In addition, it is also a diverse city with its population politically divided along ethnic lines. These three factors make the urban land and that on the city’s fringe a highly contested commodity: federal, provincial, and local land-owning agencies, corporate sector interests, formal and Continue reading Book: Karachi. The Land Issue by Arif Hasan, Noman Ahmed, Mansoor Raza et al

Book: Historical Dictionary of the Sufi Culture of Sindh in Pakistan and India by Michel Boivin

Michel Boivin, Historical Dictionary of the Sufi Culture of Sindh in Pakistan and India, Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Michel Boivin is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, CNRS-EHESS, in Paris.

“This book tackles the issue of delimiting Sufism: where does it start and where does it end? Speaking about Sufism does not typically account for its wide range of influence on societies and cultures. Thus this Dictionary aims to highlight the extent of Sufism’s reach, specifically in the context of Sindh. Various forms and Continue reading Book: Historical Dictionary of the Sufi Culture of Sindh in Pakistan and India by Michel Boivin

Article: Relations between Sehwan Sharif and the Indus in Sindh. Genealogy of a separation, by Delage and Ortis

In a journal issue dealing with the relations between cities and rivers in South Asia (2014, republished in 2016), Rémy Delage and Delphine Ortis published an article (in French) dealing with the case study of Sehwan Sharif and the Indus:

Relations between Sehwan Sharif and the Indus in Sind. Genealogy of a separation.” pp. 67-90.

“Up to the nineteenth century, the Indus made the fortune of the small town of Sehwan Sharif, located in central Sindh, in southern Pakistan. Today, the river is no longer the characterizing feature of this locality. This contribution traces the history of the fluctuating relationship between the town and the river up to the present day, where any direct references to the Indus in the local society have vanished. It is therefore a narrative of detachment, both physical and economical as well as ritual, which is considered here. We address specifically how the cult of the Indus, through its divine manifestation Udero Lāl, changed with the departure of the Hindu Sindhi community to India. Through the relationship to the holy figure which currently dominates in Sehwan, the Sufi saint La`l Shahbāz Qalandar, we will also show how the latter has come to encompass the deity of the river.”

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