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Book: The Amils of Sindh by Saaz Aggarwal (2018)

The Amils of Sindh by Saaz Aggarwal

“The Amils of Sindh originated in a small group of families who migrated to Sindh through the seventeenth century, driven from neighbouring provinces by economic need, political forces and natural disasters. Through the centuries, the defining quality of the Amils was their commitment to education. They used their education to build careers for themselves, to lead comfortable lives and to create wealth for their families. As an elite layer of society, the Amils were inspiring role models and created a fervour of enthusiasm for education among the middle class in Sindh. The Partition of India and their subsequent dispersal cost them dearly, but they focussed on adapting with dignity to new lives in new places. This book honours the silent sacrifices of the generation that left so much behind. It provides the context for present and future generations to identify themselves with pride in family grids to which they belong.”

 

Book: Sindhnamah by Nandita Bhavnani and Gita Simoes (2018)

“A landmark publication for the  Sindhi community, Sindhnamah is a large-format illustrated book about the rich cultural heritage and history of Sindh and the Sindhi people. Written in an engaging style, Sindhnamah showcases the beautiful treasures of their original homeland: its landscapes, waterways and wildlife; its arts and crafts, textiles and jewellery; its splendid architectural wealth; its music and cuisine; the many faces of its religions; and its colourful history and folklore. It also celebrates the compassionate spirit of humanism that is such a significant aspect of Sindhi culture. Widely researched and imaginatively designed with a variety of stunning images – colonial-period paintings, lithographs and maps; Mughal-era miniature paintings and illustrated manuscripts; historic photographs from family albums; and vivid pictures of contemporary Sindh – Sindhnamah is the first book to extensively showcase the many-splendoured facets of Sindh and the Sindhi people. Sindhnamah is a unique gateway to Sindhi culture, and also a wonderful opportunity for Sindhis and others, whether in India, Pakistan or across the globe, to rediscover their magnificent heritage and history.”

Two new articles on Sufism in Sindh and India

Claveyrolas, M. et Delage, R., eds (2016) Territoires du religieux dans les mondes indiens. Parcourir, mettre en scène, franchir. Editions de l’EHESS (coll. Purusartha 34), Paris, 339 p.

In this book dealing with religions and its territories in South Asia and beyond, two articles (French language) focus on Sindh and Sindhis. The first one is about Sufism in Sehwan Sharif (by Rémy Delage) and the second  one about Sindhi Hindus settled in India (by Michel Boivin): Continue reading Two new articles on Sufism in Sindh and India

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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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