Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

Editorial

Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

Editorial

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The Pakistan Historical Society, since its foundation in 1950, has tried to promote objective study and research in historical disciplines primarily focusing on South Asia but inclusive of other aspects of history as well. It tried to achieve these aims by publishing research based books, monographs and translations (so far 88 pbd.), secondly by holding conferences (so far 23 held) enabling the scholars and historians to interact with each other, and thirdly by publishing a peer-refereed research journal since 1953 which is completing its 61st volume now.

However, we were unable to attract contributions on ancient India from our scholars and even from India. The main reason for this appears to be our own scholar's pre-occupation with medieval and modern period research. Besides they lack proper linguistic requirement for studies on ancient India partly because the Pundits refuse - as pointed out earlier by Al-Bïrünï in his Kitab al-Hind and also in modern times as stated by Dr. Emran Hossain in his current article - in teaching Sanskrit to Muslim students. This lack of linguistic knowledge is also true about local dialects and languages of India. As a result our scholar's study of ancient Indian culture has remained confined to archaeological studies only (Indus Valley, Gandhara etc.). In fact Indological studies were initiated by the imperialist scholars and bureaucrats to have a better grasp of Hindu culture in order to gain their support for their empire. However, their interest led to the development and institutionalization of the Indological studies and archaeology in South Asia and produced studies in these fields by local scholars as well. However, we were unable to attract contributions on ancient India from modern Indian scholars also, though our journal does not follow any policy of ignoring such contributions. We welcome research papers from all scholars.

The present issue has four articles, as well as a serialized portion of the English translation of the Tadhkirat al-Umarä' and the Current History.

Dr. Gulfishan Khan (India) in her paper entitled Tndo-Persian Scholarship and the formation of Orientalism' has tried to show that this Orientalism can be traced to the contribution of the local translators of Persian literature in India employed by the East India Company officers and others of its establishment. …

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