Two Essays on Baloch History and Folklore

Two Essays on Baloch History and Folklore

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During the early 19th century the British came in direct contact with the Baloch, first with those living in the Punjab and Sind, and later with those in Balochistan proper. Soon after their arrival in the region, they began studying the Baloch as an ethno-national group, their language, literature, folklore, tribal structure, physical features, and so on, forming theories and suggesting hypotheses regarding their origins and relations with other nations and peoples. While some maintained that the Baloch originated from north-western Iran, others believed they came from Central Asia, from Arabia, or from else- where.1 Among the early British writers, some also opined that while some tribes might have a foreign origin, bulk of the Baloch were the autochthonous population of the country. With the passage of time, however, other theories were abandoned and a northwest Iranian origin came to be the widely accepted one. This thesis was established on three basic grounds: first, from the Balochi oral tradition which claims that the Baloch came from a place called Alab/Alap, identified as Aleppo in Syria by Western writers and later followed by some lo- cal writers too; secondly, their mention in the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi where they are sometimes shown along with the people of Gilan and Dilam, regions situated on the Caspian Sea regions; and thirdly, on the basis of their language, which is classified as belonging to the northwestern group of Iranian languages having close affinities with Kurdish and other languages of that branch.Breseeg, Taj Mohammad, 2004 Baloch Nationalism: Its Origin and Development, Royal Book Company, Karachi. (Online version has ... History on Tombstones: Sind and Baluchistan, Sindhi Adabi Board, Jamshoro. a€œBulletin de la SociActAcanbsp;...

Title:Two Essays on Baloch History and Folklore
Author: Sabir Badal Khan
Publisher: Università di Napoli, "l'Orientale" -

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