Africans In Pakistan

by Jurgen Wasim Frembgen
Africans In Pakistan
  • ISBN-13: 9781569027967
  • Author(s): Jurgen Wasim Frembgen
  • Subject: African history
  • Publisher: Africa World Press
  • Imprint: Africa World Press
  • Publication Date: 29-09-2022
  • Format: p/b

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This ethnographic study appreciates the cultural traditions of African-descended communities in the south of Pakistan and is a first endeavour to show that their history, society, religion and everyday practices can be a source of pride for them. Known as Shidis, 'black' Baloch and Khaskhelis, Afro-Pakistanis constitute a sizeable minority of around 300,000 souls living on the fringes of one of the world's most populous multi-ethnic countries - mostly impoverished, socially deprived, and politically disempowered. Their distinct traditions and practices, 'til now understudied, are shaped by the historical circumstances of trans-oceanic migration. Uprooted from their original homelands in East-, Northeast- and Central Africa, the descendants of former slaves, soldiers and seafarers, but also of free men and women, still preserve their African heritage which significantly contributes to the cultural kaleidoscope and spiritual wealth of Pakistan. Their 'voices', understood as reminiscence
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This ethnographic study appreciates the cultural traditions of African-descended communities in the south of Pakistan and is a first endeavour to show that their history, society, religion and everyday practices can be a source of pride for them. Known as Shidis, 'black' Baloch and Khaskhelis, Afro-Pakistanis constitute a sizeable minority of around 300,000 souls living on the fringes of one of the world's most populous multi-ethnic countries - mostly impoverished, socially deprived, and politically disempowered. Their distinct traditions and practices, 'til now understudied, are shaped by the historical circumstances of trans-oceanic migration. Uprooted from their original homelands in East-, Northeast- and Central Africa, the descendants of former slaves, soldiers and seafarers, but also of free men and women, still preserve their African heritage which significantly contributes to the cultural kaleidoscope and spiritual wealth of Pakistan. Their 'voices', understood as reminiscence