Pamiris, or Badakhshanis in popular discourse, form a small group of Iranic peoples who inhabit the mountainous region of Pamir-Hindu Kush, being the historical region of Badakhshan. Pamiri communities are located in the territories of four current nation-states: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China and Pakistan. This book analyses the formation and expression of identity among Ismaili communities of the Pamir mountain range and addresses central elements of the cultural, religious and historical processes through which this identity has emerged. It presents a variety of intertwined lines of argument pertaining to Pamiri identity and identification processes. Structured in three parts, the book addresses themes relevant to geography and the recent history of Pamiri communities, which span the territories of four current nation-states: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China and Pakistan. The second section critically explores the rich philosophical, religious and cultural Pamiri heritage through the writings of prominent historical figures. The last part addresses issues pertaining to the contemporary diffusion of traditions, peace building, interconnectivity and what it means to be Pamiri for the youth of the region. Contributions by experts in their field offer fresh insights into Ismaili Communities in the region while successfully bridging the Soviet historical and ethnographic legacy with present-day scholarship. This book will be of interest to academics in the fields of history, anthropology, religious studies, sociology, linguistics and geography focusing on Central Asia and/or East Asia as well as any individual interested in Islam, Islamic thought, minority-majority relations, population movements and the processes of defining and affirming identity among minority groups.
Table of contents:
1. Introduction, Carole Faucher and Dagikhudo Dagiev 2. A Badakhshani Origin for Zoroaster, Yusufsho Yaqubov and Dagikhudo Dagiev 3. Geography, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage in Interplay in the context of the Tajik Pamiri Identity, Sunatullo Jonboboev 4. Transformations and Lost in the Wakhi Language, Sherali Gulomaliev 5. Pamiri Ethnic Identity and its Re-Emergence in Post-Soviet Tajikistan, Dagikhudo Dagiev 6. The Silk Road Castles and Temples: Ancient Wakhan in Legends and History, Abdulmamad Iloliev 7. Forgotten Figures of Badakhshan: Sayyid Munir al-Din Badakhshani and Sayyid Haydar Shah Mubarakshahzada, Muzaffar Zoolshoev 8. Nasir-i Khusraw's Intellectual Contribution: the Meaning of Pleasure and Pain in His Philosophy, Ghulam Abbas Hunzai 9. The Tajiks of China: Identity in the Age of Transition, Amier Saidula 10. Religious Identity in the Pamirs: the Institutionalisation of the Isma'ili Da'wa in Shughnan, Daniel Beben 11. Promoting Peace and Pluralism in the Rural, Mountainous Region of Chitral, Pakistan, Mir Afzal Tajik, Ali Nawab and Abdul Wali Khan 12. Blessed People in a Barren Land: The Bartangi and their Success Catalyser Barakat, Stefanie Kicherer 13. A `Shift' in Values: Mother's Educational Role in the Gorno-Badakhshan Region, Nazira Sodatsayrova 14. Religious Education and Self-Identification among Tajik Pamiri Youth, Carole Faucher 15. Project Identity: the Discursive Formation of Pamiri Identity in the Age of the Internet, Aslisho Qurboniev
Carole Faucher is Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Dagikhudo Dagiev is Research Associate in the Department of Academic Research and Publications at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, U.K.