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Society, Religion and Patriarchy: Exploring Medieval Punjab Through Hir Waris
Religion and Patriarchy: Exploring Medieval Punjab Through Hir Waris
By- Ishwar Dayal
The kind of
social history of medieval Punjab, which has been attempted in this book, does
not subscribe to a narrow communitarian emplotment of the people of the region.
The author, has endeavoured to construct a fresh profile of the Punjabis from
their own socio-cultural point of view.
involves investigations of the lived experiences and representations of
everyday life of the people of medieval Punjab, who in the colonial and
post-colonial historiography are presented as ‘Muslim’, ‘Sikh’ and ‘Hindu’
Punjabis. Gaur has assigned them a prefix ‘Punjabi’ and hence has presented the
social and cultural profile of the ‘Punjabi’ Muslims, instead of reading them
as ‘Muslim’ Punjabis. The book reveals the evolution of socio-cultural fusion
in the land of five rivers, which a student of history discovers by employing
folklore/people’s literature as source-material. Thus the selection of Hir
Waris, as an unconventional source of history writing, is a methodological
departure, particularly when intervention of political ideologies in the craft
of writing social history has been active since long, and when the semantic of
culture has shifted from diversities to difference.
study does not simply ‘reproduce’ the medieval Punjabi society as ‘reflected’in Hir Waris; rather it seeks to unfold the folk legend of
Hir-Ranjha in the wider political, social, cultural and religious contexts of
medieval Punjab. The volume suggests that a society, its folklore and history
are organically linked with one another.
Gaur is Reader in History at the Department of
Evening Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He specializes in culture,
literature and folklore. He has versified the cultural mosaic of Punjab in two
collections of poetry.
2009 260p. Rs.675/ Pounds 45