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Book review: Khana Badosh Qabeela (Nomadic Tribes), Sukkur

Kunbher, Khalid, Khana Badosh Qabeela (Nomadic Tribes), Sukkur, My Publication, 2020, 175 p.

Book review by Saba Sindhri (CEIAS-EHESS)

The book Khana Badosh Qabeela (Nomadic Tribes) ny Khalid Kunbher is a primary book in the studies of nomadic tribes in Sindh, published by My Publication, Sukkur, in 2020. Earlier texts on the subject include those by Khursheed Qaemkhani including, Bhatakti Naslen: Sindh ke khana badoshon ka Samaji Manzarnama (Wandering People: The Social Scenario of Nomads of Sindh) published by Rohtas books, Lahore, in 1999 and Jogi Basti (Jogi Settlement) published by Roshni Publication, Kandiaro, in 2015. Continue reading Book review: Khana Badosh Qabeela (Nomadic Tribes), Sukkur

Interview with Masooma Shakir, NED

In Conversation: Masooma Shakir with Saba Sindhri

Architect Masooma Mohib Shakir is Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Planning Department, NED, Karachi. She got her undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. She got her Masters from University of Leuven, Belgium and is currently working on her Phd research on Interrelationship of Living Heritage to its Context, Case of Sufi Shrines in Sindh, at the , in Germany. Her interests lie particularly in planning and urban design for historic environments. She has been involved in several urban research projects and publications and contributed to national and international journals, symposiums and conferences. Continue reading Interview with Masooma Shakir, NED

Book Review: Sindhi Tapestry. Reflections on the Sindhi Identities: An Anthology

Saaz Aggarwal (edited and curated by), Sindhi Tapestry. Reflections on the Sindhi Identities: An Anthology, Pune, Black and White Fountain, 2020, 432 p.

Book review by Jonathan Varghese (EHESS-CEIAS)

Curated by Saaz Aggarwal, Sindhi Tapestry represents the coming together of an ambitious assortment of personal memories and historical research about the Sindhi community within and outside of India. Each contribution can be individuated by the personal imprints of the respective writer. Continue reading Book Review: Sindhi Tapestry. Reflections on the Sindhi Identities: An Anthology

New PhDs in Sindhi Studies: 2020

Fatima Quraishi, Necropolis as Palimpsest: The Cemetery of Maklī in Sindh, Pakistan, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 2019.

Abstract: The Maklī Necropolis is a vast funerary complex constructed on a ridge along a tributary of the Indus River in southern Sindh, Pakistan. This veritable city of the dead, stretching along four kilometres was established in the late fourteenth century, with monumental construction continuing until the late seventeenth century. The prolonged history of building, during which significant socio-political transformation took place in the region, resulted in a site where multiple architectural traditions and local artistic practices intersected. Continue reading New PhDs in Sindhi Studies: 2020

Book review: Sindhi Studies Culture and History

Jiskani, Lal Baksh, Sindhi Studies Culture and History, Karachi, Peacock Publishers, 2020, 264 pages.

Book review by Saba Sindhri (CEIAS-EHES)

Sindh Studies Culture and History is a recent publication (2020) by Peacock Publishers, Karachi authored by Sindhi historian, Lal Baksh Jiskani. He has worked with other Sindhi scholars like Dr. Hamida Khuro and Dr. N. A. Baloch and started the academic journal Grassroots, published from the Pakistani Study Center at the University of Sindh. He is associated with the Pakistan Study Centre as a professor.There have been many national and international scholarly works produced in the field of Sindhi Studies to which the current book by Jiskani attempts to contribute as well. The book is a careful effort to compile useful sources and includes a general introduction to a few personalities, movements, customs, and books on Sindh. Continue reading Book review: Sindhi Studies Culture and History

Book review: Beyond the Rainbow

Murli Melwani, Beyond the Rainbow, Pune, Black-and-white Fountain, Pune, 2020, 232 pages.

Book review by Saaz Aggarwal

One of the most interesting aspects of the Sindhi diaspora are its many communities scattered in ports around the world, and this collection of fine short stories is an intimate glimpse into its realities by one of its members, Murli Melwani, professor at Sankerdev College, Shillong, Meghalaya (India). In the 1980s, political events in Shillong caused Murli to leave the home in which his family had settled after Partition. In his forties, he became a businessman, lived briefly in Hong Kong, then in Taiwan for twenty-five years, and eventually in 2005 moved to the US, where he now lives. Continue reading Book review: Beyond the Rainbow