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What Britain gained by partitioning the subcontinent into India and Pakistan

It was imperative that Britain follow an agenda that met its strategic requirements when its withdrawal from India became imminent.…

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Sika Andar, O Alexander!

Aristotle had asked Alexander: “When you are done with your military campaign, and passing through the land of seven rivers…

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The Making of Exile: Sindhi Hindus and the Partition of India

By the end of January 1948 there were about 40,000 Hindus in Karachi waiting for passage to India, and many…

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Indian Merchants and Peshawar’s Connections with Central Asia in 18th and 19th Centuries

Around 1786, an Indian traveler remarked that in Peshawar “all the precious and useful commodities of various countries are disposed…

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Shikarpuri Trader Communities in Central Asia

Shikarpuris were not permanent settlers and in most cases returned to India (Sindh) after having lived in Bukhara for a…

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The Egyptian Belly Dancing Sisters with a Secret Jewish Identity

Leila and Lamia, became the biggest stars of the Egyptian entertainment scene towards the end of the regime of King…

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The Polyvalent Qadamgāh Imām ʿAlī In Hyderabad, Sindh – IV

The Qadamgāh Imām ʿAlī hosts many different relics related to the Ahl-al Bayt, but the most important are those belonging…

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The Polyvalent Qadamgāh Imām ʿAlī In Hyderabad, Sindh – III

During Tālpūrs’ rule, there was only a short procession starting from the dargāh of Ashrāf Shāh and ending at a…

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The Polyvalent Qadamgāh Imām ʿAlī In Hyderabad, Sindh – II

Most of the rituals performed at the Qadamgāh Imām ʿAlī are enshrined in local Sufi religiosity. The main purpose of…

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The Polyvalent Qadamgāh Imām Alī In Hyderabad, Sindh – I

The cult of sacred footprints is indeed widespread among South Asian Muslims, and the places where they are kept bear…

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