Punjab Research Group

Iftikhar Malik, The History of Pakistan (Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn, 2008)

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on September 29, 2008

Please see the following note from Iftikhar Malik about his latest book:

Just to let your know that The History of Pakistan has just come out this week and hopefully should help in imparting your foundation courses on South Asia, as the effort has been to avoid thick jargonistic approach while seeking out the history/prehistory of ancient Indus lands until more recent political developments in Pakistan. 
Description: The History of Pakistan explores the rich and intricate past of a highly diverse nation still in the process of determining its own identity. Rooted in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, shaped by the cultures of both the Middle East and South Asia, and now predominantly devoted to Islam, Pakistan has emerged as a unique Indo-Muslim community, viewed with caution and curiosity by the rest of the world. In this latest volume of Greenwood’s History of Modern Nations series, readers discover the foundations of modern Pakistan, from its earliest empires and shared history with India to the coming of Islam and its successful fight for independence in 1947. This highly informative guide also examines the key issues and attitudes guiding Pakistan today: their volatile feud with India over the region of Kashmir and the right to nuclear development, internal debates over the role of Islam in Pakistani society, and the unbreakable dominance of the military in political affairs. Poised between a radically changing India and the politically unstable Middle East, Pakistan is an important nation to understand as it determines its course in a rapidly changing world.
        Table of Contents:

        *       Series Foreword
        *       Preface
        *       Acronyms
        *       Chronology
        *       Chapter One The Indus Heartland and Karakoram Country
        *       Chapter Two The Indus Valley Civilisation: Dravidians to Aryans
        *       Chapter Three Islam in South Asia: The Indus and Delhi Sultanates
        *       Chapter Four The Great Mughals and the Golden Era in the Indo-
        *       Islamic Civilisation, 1526-1707
        *       Chapter Five The British Rule and the Independence Movements
        *       Chapter Six Muslims in South Asia and the Making of Pakistan
        *       Chapter Seven Pakistan: Establishing the State, 1947-58
        *       Chapter Eight Military Take-over and the Separation of East Pakistan, 1958-1971
        *       Chapter Nine Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, PPP and the Military Regime of General Zia-ul-Haq, 1972-88
        *       Chapter Ten Democratic Decade: 1988-1999. Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif
        *       Chapter Eleven General Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan in the Twenty-first Century
        *       Biographical Notes
        *       Glossary
        *       Bibliography

Launch of ‘Noise of the Past: Post-colonial War Requiem’

Posted in Events by Pippa on September 12, 2008

Venue: Coventry Cathedral

Date: Saturday 8 Nov 2008 (Free),

Time: 7pm-9.30pm

Audio-visual installation, live performance & reception. Coventry Peace Month.

This project engages with the resident narratives of consecrated sites of war and memory. Working with the composers Nitin Sawhney and Francis Silkstone, together with the poet and film director Kuldip Powar, the research project – in the form of an installation and a live performance – is a creative response to exclusionary narrations of the nation, from the perspective of post-coloniality.

To read further: http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/methods-lab/

This is an academic partnership between Goldsmiths (Nirmal Puwar) and Brunel University (Sanjay Sharma).

For Further Details Contact:
j.daykin@gold.ac.uk or n.puwar@gold.ac.uk

Principle Funder: AHRC
Supported By:
Coventry Council Peace Month
Goldsmiths, London University

Brown Bag Radio September Schedule

Posted in Events by Pippa on September 8, 2008

September 2008 live webcast schedule:

September 10, 10 AM (PDT).
Harold A. Gould, University of Virginia, will discuss his latest book, Sikhs, Swamis, Students and Spies. The book details Sikh emigration to America from 1900 to 1946. The discussant will be Knut Axel Jacobsen, University of Bergen (Norway), who has conducted similar research in Europe.

September 18, 10 AM (PDT).
Gunjan Bagla, managing director, Amritt, Inc. will discuss his latest book, Doing Business in 21st Century India. Doing Business is a highly readable primer for newcomers interested in conducting commercial ventures in India. The discussant will be Arif Zaman, director of the South Asia Trade and Investment Network, London. SATIN is a joint program of SAARC and the Commonwealth Business Council.

September 23, 10 AM (PDT).
Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Lahore University of Management Science, will discuss The Current Scene in Pakistani Politics. The discussant will be Ehsan Ahrari, a senior researcher at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu.

September 30, 11 AM (PDT).
Muthusami Kumaran, University of Hawaii at Manoa, will present his research on the Role of the Indian NGO Sector in the Public Policy Making Process. The discussant will be Siddharth Swaminathan, an economist at La Sierra University

Details on how to connect to the webcast live, how to ask questions of the participants, and how to access archived mp3 files of presentations can be found on the SASA website, http://www.sasia.org.

About Brown Bag Radio

Brown Bag Radio (BBR) is modeled on the popular brown bag lunches held at larger universities worldwide. The typical BBR program includes a 20-30 minute presentation by a featured speaker geared to a PowerPoint presentation, commentary and exchange with a discussant, and a Q&A session involving the listening audience. BBR is not constrained by normal commercial broadcast schedules. The typical webcasts run 50-90 minutes, more or less, as appropriate.

Anyone interested in helping, presenting, and/or discussing is encouraged to contact us at BBR@sasia.org.

SASA Conference Call for Papers

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 8, 2008

Call for Papers, South Asia: Transitions, Tribulations and Triumphs, University of Central Florida, Aprl 3-5, 2009

South Asia was home to one of the ancient world’s greatest achievements, the Indus Valley Civilization. Today South Asia is once again poised to become a world leader. The intervening 5,000 years have witnessed a remarkable story filled with transitions, tribulations and triumphs of the human spirit in every sphere of endeavor – political, economic, social and cultural. The SASA 2009 conference seeks to explore South Asia’s myriad pasts, understand her present, and look forward to a future full of promise and hope yet inevitably characterized by still more transitions, tribulations and triumphs. We invite papers from all academic disciplines and all periods of time that address the rich tapestry that is South Asia’s past, present and future.

The deadline for submitting proposal abstracts to Dr. Chandrika Kaul (program@sasia.org), program chair, is November 30, 2008. Visit the SASA website for additional details (http://www.sasia.org).

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History, Politics and Society: The Punjab

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 7, 2008

International Conference on “History, Politics and Society: The Punjab”. University of the Punjab, Lahore, 29-31 December, 2008.

Pakistan Study Center in collaboration with the Department of History and Research Society of Pakistan, University of the Punjab, Lahore is organizing a three-day international conference on “History, Politics and Society: The Punjab”. Thirty delegates from Britain, U.S.A, Canada, Germany, France, Russia, and India have given their consent to attend the conference. All public sector universities and Lahore University of Management Sciences are also going to send their delegates.

Scholars are requested to write their articles related to Punjabi history, culture and society under the British and beyond. Themes and sub-themes may address the topics such as:

  • Documentation work under the British rule: Preparation of reports, gazetteers etc.
  • Economic uplifting under the British rule.
  • British impact on education and culture of Punjab.
  • British roots of Punjab’s administrative machinery; working and comparison of civil service in Punjab and elsewhere.
  • Feudal classes under the British rule.
  • Sajjada Nasheens and Pirs and Sufism.
  • Punjabi political climate for making Jinnah (Quaid-i-Azam) as an icon.
  • The wind of change in the Punjab.
  • Leadership in the Punjab: Pre 1947 and post 1947.
  • Role of press in the Punjab.

Anyone interested in attending or presenting a paper at the conference should contact:

Prof. Dr. S. Qalb-i-Abid (Principal Organizer), Chairman, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Director Research Society of Pakistan, University of the Punjab, Lahore. pu_history@yahoo.com


Prof. Dr. Massarrat Abid (Conference Secretary), Director, Pakistan Study Center, University of the Punjab, Lahore

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