The Baloch and Others: Linguistic, historical and socio-political perspectives on Pluralism in Balochistan
2008 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Balochistan has been at the crossroads of civilisations for millennia. Now divided among three nation states (Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan), the Baloch people face the challenges posed by the modern world. As state administration and education find their way even into remote rural areas, modernisation creates significant gaps between different groups of people in Balochistan, e.g. between the elderly and the young, and between rural and urban sections of the population. It is not known when the Baloch arrived in the region that bears their name, and we have only sparse information about who inhabited the land before them. Today, apart form the Baloch themselves, a number of other ethnic groups are present in Balochistan, some who have lived there for centruies, and some are rather recent immigrants. Together with this ethnic pluralism we see a rich linguistic pluralism in the region. The predominant religion in Balochistan is the Sunni Islam of the Hanafi school. However, some Baloch profess other faiths. The social organisaion of the Baloch is also somewhat heterogeneous. Although the Baloch in pre-modern times always had a considerable degree of autonomy, they were at times tributary to poweful rulers in their vicinity, e.g. the Persians, Afghans and Moghuls. In the 19th century Balochistan was divided between British India and Iran, and in the 20th century there have been several militant upsurges demanding self-rule in both Iranian and Pakistani Balochistan.This book, which is divided into one section on Language, one on Sociology and Anthropology, and one on Religion, History and Political Sciences, contains a number of articles which study the relation between Baloch and neighbouring peoples.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag , 2008, 1. , 404 p.
Balochistan, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iranian languages, ethnicity, nationalism, ethnic conflicts, power structures
Research subject Iranian Languages; Peace and Conflict Research; Cultural Anthropology; Sociology; religionssociologi
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98449ISBN: 978-3-89500-591-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98449DiVA: diva2:174565