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Saba Sindhri

Discipline : Sociologie
Institution(s) de rattachement : EHESS

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Directeur de thèse : Michel Boivin

École doctorale : EHESS – Sociologie générale

Année d’inscription : 2017


Conversion and Identity: A sociological Study of Scheduled Castes of Sindh, Pakistan


The Partition, causing division of sub-continent, on the name of religion, brought many economic, social and cultural changes in the region. It changed the demography in such a way that many people observed migration from one place to another. The most obvious migration, is said that, was observed by the Hindus of Sindh. Mostly, the upper caste Hindus, who were sound enough migrated Sindh and behind them left a very poor class of them. It was majorly consisted of lower caste Hindus, later known as Schedueld Castes. In case of this class, the partition proved a very tragic episode like they saw the occupation of their lands by new communities which turned them into minority and led them feel alienated on their own lands. Further, the little understanding of Hinduism by state exacerbated their conditions. Meanwhile, the surroundings and State’s little heed over their problems, subconsciously forced them to adopt a new mode of life, to select a new identity for them. Interestingly, these communities of Hindu folder were always seen flexible in terms of religion. They practiced a kind of religion which was far from the orthodox practices of Islam and Hinduism. But the episode of partition started them thinking about their fixed religion seriously. Additionally, the compulsion of being like majority inclined them towards conversion and assimilation of dominant religion. In my subject, I argue that inclination of Scheduled Caste towards opting a new religion is like a shift in identity which becomes problematic when the members of these communities try to keep balance between both the practicing religious identity and a new adopted religious identity. It is mostly observed that converts keep their old traditions and rituals intact in the form of practices. Therefore, I try to see, besides conversion, how Scheduled castes communities’ have maintained their religious identity and how the conversion has caused them an identity crisis in a present-day Islamic State.


Dernière mise à jour le 21 décembre 2017


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