Journal of Asian Civilizations


Vol. 39, No. 1, July

Critical Review of Thieves and Robbers in Mughal India: French Travelers’ and Adventurers' Prospective
French travelers' descriptions about India during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were an invaluable historical value to ascertain the Occident perception over Oriental world [Mughal India]. These French travelers and adventurers gave a fascinating...
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Solipcism - vs - Interaction: The Dynamic Nature of Oral Literature
IntroductionWith the modern over-concern with texts and their study, oral productions have come to lose their identity, of being a separate way of organizing experience and have started to be considered as variants of written products. Deep familiarity...
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An Overview of the Vanishing Archaeological Landscape of Shahbaz-Garhi
IntroductionDifferent people trace back the present name of Shahbaz-garha1 to different sources. Some say that it is due to a saint, named Shahbaz-Qalandar mentioned in Babur's Memoirs as Shahbaz-Qalandar (Masson 1846: 297; Leyden and Erskine 1826: 252;...
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Ne Parcas Nec Spernas: A Brief Introduction to Archaeological Theory in Pakistani Context
Each academic discipline, either belonging to natural or social science, has its own history of methodological and theoretical developments. A historiographical study of any such a field is vital for the directions to be specified with regard to future...
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The Virahini Motif in Sufi Lyrics of Shah Husayn of Lahore
The sufis of the Islamicate world have sometimes articulated the transcendent experience of Divine love in their poetic compositions in an idiom of temporal human love. The woman-soul symbol abounds in Indo-Muslim literature, wherein the sufi poets employed...
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Gandhara Sculpture: Srigupta's Malevolent Invitation to Buddha for a Meal
The storyThis tale is an example of the tussle existed between the Jaina and Buddhist followers. A wealthy man Srigupta at Rajagriha was the follower of Jaina doctrine while his wife was Buddhist. The wife did not like the heretic Jaina teacher of her...
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Historical Construction and Deconstruction of Religious Shrines with Special Reference to the Shrine of Bari Imam, Islamabad
IntroductionThe paper aims at contributing to the debate about social ontology i.e. question of the nature of social entities. Social scientists are divided over the question whether social entities are objective i.e. they have existence of their own...
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Forts of Swat Military Architecture at the Time of the Mianguls: Domenico Faccenna Dicatum
IntroductionBy means of this brief essay the authors intend to partly fill a gap in the knowledge of Swat's history and culture ante-19691, as well as to pay a minimal tribute to the memory of Domenico Faccenna, the unforgettable leader of the Italian...
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Abul Fazl's Comparative Study of Hindu Culture: An Analysis
IntroductionThe name Hindu owes its origin to the Persians who did not reach beyond the "Sindhu", the original name of the river Indus, at the time of their conquest of Indian provinces. (Rapson 2011: 81). The Persian pronounced S as H, and the name...
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