Interpreting The Sindhi World Essays On Culture And History

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Interpreting the Sindhi World seeks to unite the wide community of scholars who work on Sindh and with Sindhis. The book's interdisciplinary focus is on history and society, and represents a 'snap shot' of contemporary research from different disciplines and locations. Combining interdisciplinary and multi-local approaches, it describes the diversity of Sindh's 'voices' anInterpreting the Sindhi World seeks to unite the wide community of scholars who work on Sindh and with Sindhis. The book's interdisciplinary focus is on history and society, and represents a 'snap shot' of contemporary research from different disciplines and locations. Combining interdisciplinary and multi-local approaches, it describes the diversity of Sindh's 'voices' and raises questions about how they are historically and socio-culturally defined.
Conventional studies of Sindh and Sindhis often bend the region and its people upon themselves to analyze society and history. This collection of essays treats Sindh and its people not as isolated regional entities, but rather entries in a wider socio-cultural and historical web. Sindhis are a global community and this collection generates new perspectives on them by integrating detailed studies on Pakistan with those from India and the Diaspora. Such an approach contrasts with other writings by celebrating rather than erasing multi-cultural faces from Sindh's human tapestry. By rethreading unheard socio-cultural and historical voices into understanding Sindh and its people, Interpreting the Sindhi World disputes the vision of Sindhis as a monolithic population in Pakistan.
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Hardcover, 226 pages

Published January 15th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA

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Annexation and the Unhappy Valley

The Historical Anthropology of Sindh’s Colonization

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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 incorporation of territory (i.e., annexation) by East India Company informs the conversion of intra-cultural distinctions into socio-historical conflicts among the colonized and colonizers. The book focuses on colonial direct rule, rather than the more commonly studied indirect rule, of South Asia. It socio-culturally explores how agents, perspectives and intentions vary—both within and across regions—to impact the actions and structures of colonial governance.
Publication Date:
16 November 2015
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978-90-04-29367-0

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Matthew A. Cook, Ph.D (2007) in Sociocultural Anthropology, Columbia University, is Professor of South Asian and Postcolonial Studies at North Carolina Central University. His research focuses on the history and anthropology of South Asia, Sindh and colonialism. His previous publications include: Willoughby’s Minute: Treaty of Nownahar, Fraud and British Sindh (Oxford University Press, 2013), Observing Sindh: Selected Reports of Edward Paterson Del Hoste (Oxford University Press, 2008), and, with Michel Boivin, Interpreting the Sindhi World: Essays on Society and History (Oxford University Press, 2010).
' Annexation and the Unhappy Valley represents what can be achieved when anthropologists turn their critical inter-disciplinary eye on the past. [...] it contributes hugely to our collective grasp of a key turning-point in Sindh’s history, as well as offering historians additional theoretical models and approaches with which to enhance their own disciplinary methodologies.' Sarah Ansari (Royal Holloway, University of London), in: South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, Online since 10 March 2017. URL: http://samaj.revues.org/4287.
General Editor’s Foreword ... viii A Note on the Spelling of Sindh ... xi Cast of Characters and Glossary ... xii Illustrations ... xvi Acknowledgements ... xxiv Introduction ... 1 1 Merchants and the East India Company in Sindh ... 21 2 Conspiracy and Military-Fiscalism ... 69 3 Just Governance and Colonial Violence ... 133 4 Court Over Board ... 180 Afterword ... 224 Appendix: Anthropology, Context and Archives ... 229 Bibliography ... 241 Index ... 255
This book will appeal to readers interested in the colonial history of South Asia and Sindh, as well as wider questions about empire building and indigenous responses to it.

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