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NEW BOOK with three chapters on Sindh

Table of Contents

I. Surat 18 – Excerpt on Khidr – Khizr; II. Introduction to Khidr-Khizr: A Figure of Shared Legacy in a World of Religious Boundaries; Michel Boivin and Manoël Pénicaud; III. Mapping Cults of Khidr-Khizr from Middle East to South Asia Part 1. Representations in literature and iconography Ch. 1: The Sage of Inner Knowledge: Al-Khidr in Qur’an, Hadith, and Tafsir, Hugh Talat Halman; Ch. 2: An Enigmatic Figure in Turkish Literature: Hızır (Khidr) and His Identities, Sibel Kocaer; Ch. 3: Mediator of Heaven and Earth: Al-Khidr in the South Asian Environment, Thomas Dähnhardt; Ch. 4: Khwaja Khizr in Iconographic Translation: The Changing Visual Idiom of a Complex Figure from South Asia, Michel Boivin; Ch. 5: Khwaja Khizr in Sindhi Devotional Literature: A Preliminary Survey, Kamran Kumbher Part 2: Places, beliefs and rituals Ch. 6: When Research Turns into a Quest: Ethics in the Narratives of Khidr-Seekers in Contemporary Turkey, Samuel Verley; Ch. 7: Al-Khidhr: A Multifaceted and Ambiguous Figure in the Mediterranean, Manoël Pénicaud; Ch. 8: Cyclical Time, Nature Spirits, and Translation Activities: The Transreligious Role of the Meeting of Khiḍr and Ilyās in the Balkans, Sara Kuehn; Ch. 9: Sharing St. George Al-Khader: Choreographies and Inter-religious Dialogue in Palestine, George Tsourous; Ch. 10: The Al-Khidr conflict: Shared Holy sites as Observatories of the Social Fabric during the Mandate Period (Emirate of Transjordan), Norig Neveu; Ch. 11: The Prophet Xerzr-Elias in Iranian Popular Belief: With Some Slavic Parallels, Anna Krasnowolska; Ch. 12: Lord of the River: An Outline of Khwaja Khizr’s Worship in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent with a Focus on Sindh, Zahida Rehman Jatt; Ch. 13: Spatializing Khwaja Khizr (Jhule Lal) in Punjab, Yogesh Snehi; Index

Book: Urban Architecture and Local Spaces in Pakistan by Suneela Ahmed

Urban Architecture and Local Spaces in Pakistan  book coverSuneela Ahmed, 2023, Urban Architecture and Local Spaces in Pakistan, Routledge.

This book is set in Karachi, Pakistan and investigates the possibility of achieving localness through identifying urban process and their impact on built form, addressing how locals associate with the urban spaces and how they value it. Thus, the investigation, using the local terminology maqamiat, goes beyond the physicality of space and develops a framework that helps to understand the social, ethnic, economic, ecological and other the non-physical aspects of space, which are of value to the locals. The Continue reading Book: Urban Architecture and Local Spaces in Pakistan by Suneela Ahmed

Book: Le capitalisme à main armée. Caïds et patrons à Karachi

Laurent Gayer, 2022, Le capitalisme à main armée. Caïds et patrons à Karachi, CNRS Edition, Paris, 416 pages.

“Le 11 septembre 2012, 255 ouvriers et ouvrières des Ali Enterprises, fabriquant des jeans pour le compte du groupe allemand KiK, périssent dans l’incendie de leur usine à Karachi. Accident ou attentat ? La tragédie suscite des interprétations contradictoires. Faut-il incriminer les logiques prédatrices de la fast-fashion ou les méthodes mafieuses des partis politiques qui ont mis la ville en coupe réglée ? Continue reading Book: Le capitalisme à main armée. Caïds et patrons à Karachi

Book: Sindh under the Mughals

Humera Naz, 2022, Sindh under the Mughals, Origin and Development of Historiography (1591–1737 CE), Oxford University Press, Karachi, 280 pages.

“[This] book is a major contribution to the history of Sindh, and consequently to that of Pakistan and South Asia. Beyond the excellence of the research, it must be emphasized that, if the reign of the Mughal rulers has been studied in detail, it is mainly in the imperial context, namely from the centres of power they had created and developed in northern India … Dr Naz has shifted the focus, producing an innovative perspective on how the Mughals exercised power in territories relatively far from the imperial centres, but above all she reveals the leading role they played in developing historiography through the spread of several literary genres. Thus, Dr Naz’s work renews the field of Mughal studies, but at the same time, it is much more than that.”

Book: Consolidating Empire. Power and Elites in Jahangir’s India

Corinne Lefèvre, a historian at the Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS) in Paris, just published in 2022 her latest book entitled Consolidating Empire: Power and Elites in Jahangir’s India 1605–1627, Permanent Black, 644 p.

“What happened in Mughal India in the quarter century after Akbar’s death? Nothing that really mattered – according to received wisdom. Through a complete re-examination of the reign of the fourth Mughal emperor Jahangir, this book upends that traditional view. Continue reading Book: Consolidating Empire. Power and Elites in Jahangir’s India

Book: Family to Police Force: Security and Belongign on A South Asian Border, by Ibrahim Farhana

From Family to Police Force: Security and Belonging on a South Asian Border (Police/Worlds: Studies in Security, Crime, and Governance): Ibrahim, Farhana: 9781501759536: Amazon.com: BooksIbrahim Farhana, Family to Police Force: Security and Belongign on A South Asian Border, NewYork, Cornell University Press, 2021.

From Family to Police Force illuminates the production and contestation of social, familial, and national order on a South Asian borderland. In the borderland that divides Kutch, a district in the western Indian state of Gujarat, from Sindh, a southern province in Pakistan, there are many forces at work: civil and border police, the air wing of the armed forces, paramilitary forces, and various Continue reading Book: Family to Police Force: Security and Belongign on A South Asian Border, by Ibrahim Farhana