New Book: Interpreting the Sindhi World, Michel Boivin & Matthew Cook

Interpreting the Sindhi World. Oxford University Press, Editors: Matthew Cook and Michel Boivin

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’ 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.

Table of Contents
Introduction, Michel Boivin and Matthew A. Cook
1. Myths of Jhuley Lal: Deconstructing a Sindhi Cultural Icon, Lata Parwani
2. Mobility, Territory, and Authenticity: Sindhi Hindus in Kutch, Gujarat, Farhana Ibrahim
3. Unwanted Identities in Gujarat, Rita Kothari
4. Recreating Sindh: Formations of Sindhi Hindu Guru Movements in New Contexts, Steven Ramey
5. Code Switching Among Sindhis Experiencing Language Shift in Malaysia, Maya Khemlani David
6. Pithoro Pir and Sufi Culture: A Historically Unexamined Socio-Religious Tradition in Sindh, Michel Boivin
7. Getting Ahead or Keeping Your Head? The ‘Sindhi’ Migration of the Eighteenth Century, Matthew A. Cook
8. Richard Burton’s Sindh: Folklore, Syncretism, and Empire, Paulo Lemos Horta
9. 1947: Recovering Displaced Histories of Karachi, Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar
10. The Sufi Saints of Sindhi Nationalism, Oskar Verkaaik

Product Details
246 pages; 5-1/2 x 8-1/2;
ISBN13: 978-0-19-547719-1
ISBN10: 0-19-547719-7

Michel Boivin is a historian. He is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Indian and South Asian Studies (CEIAS), National Centre for Scientific Research, affiliated with the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) as a member of the CEIAS, and is also a Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). A specialist of the Muslims of South Asia, his research is focused on the interaction between society and religion during the 19th and 20th centuries, with a special interest in the Sindhi region, a geographical area straddling Pakistan and India. He is currently heading a CEIAS research team on History and Sufism in the Indus Valley and an interdisciplinary project on the Sufi center of Sehwan Sharif (South Pakistan).

Matthew A. Cook is Assistant Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies at North Carolina Central University, and is also affiliated with the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies at Duke University. His past teaching appointments include: North Carolina State University, New York University, Columbia University, Hofstra University, and Duke University. His research focus is on colonialism in South Asia and the methodological conjunction of anthropology and history. He has authored book chapters, journal articles and reviews published by Eastern Anthropologist, Sagar, Columbia Journal of Historiography, Columbia Historical Review, Educational Practice and Theory, Curriculum and Teaching, South Asian Review and Pacific Affairs, Itinerario, and others.