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The 'Sheedi' Community of Sindh - The Africans of Pakistan

The 'Sheedi' Community of Sindh - The Africans of Pakistan

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Published by Tarek Fatah
There are two groups of Sheedis found in Pakistan, Arab-originated (Makranis)
speaking Balochi language that live in Southern Balochistan, while others Africa originated living in Sindh speak Sindhi language and are called as “Ghar Java”.
Current study was carried out on the later group. This is an empirical study
conducted in Sheedi paro village Rajo Nizamani in District Tando Muhammad
Khan. Sheedis are Muslims by religion but they are very different from other
ethnic groups in Rajo Nizamani due to their particular historical background.
Sheedis have their own cultural characteristics and can easily be distinguished from the mainstream culture.
They have particular belief system and exclusive aesthetic and artistic expressions. Another major peculiarity is their economic
mode as they are considered as the descendents of the slaves brought to this
area either directly from Africa or indirectly through European invasion. Sheedis
as a community are a potential source of anthropological interest due to their
traditional way of living and artistic traditions.
There are two groups of Sheedis found in Pakistan, Arab-originated (Makranis)
speaking Balochi language that live in Southern Balochistan, while others Africa originated living in Sindh speak Sindhi language and are called as “Ghar Java”.
Current study was carried out on the later group. This is an empirical study
conducted in Sheedi paro village Rajo Nizamani in District Tando Muhammad
Khan. Sheedis are Muslims by religion but they are very different from other
ethnic groups in Rajo Nizamani due to their particular historical background.
Sheedis have their own cultural characteristics and can easily be distinguished from the mainstream culture.
They have particular belief system and exclusive aesthetic and artistic expressions. Another major peculiarity is their economic
mode as they are considered as the descendents of the slaves brought to this
area either directly from Africa or indirectly through European invasion. Sheedis
as a community are a potential source of anthropological interest due to their
traditional way of living and artistic traditions.

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Published by: Tarek Fatah on Aug 17, 2013
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