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Holocaust Denial in Pakistan: An Appraisal

By Fawad Javaid
Any study mapping the incidence of Holocaust Denial in Pakistan should be cognizant of the sociological and Politico-historical context of its occurrence in the country. It is by identifying the social, political and historical context of Holocaust Denial in the country that we can learn about its causes and point to the quarters that propagate it.

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Renewed Interest in the Jews of Pakistan

By Shalva Weil
When India and Pakistan were one country, before the partition in 1947, the Jews were treated with tolerance and equality. In the first half of the 20th century, there were approximately 1,000 Jewish residents in Pakistan living in different cities: Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, and Lahore. The largest Jewish community lived in Karachi, where there was a large synagogue and a smaller prayer hall.

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The Jews of Pakistan: A Pakistani Perspective

By Zeba T. Hashmi
With a general lack of recognition of religious identities, the minorities here suffer unchecked verbal and violent onslaught by the puritanical clergy. Such is the story of the Jews in Pakistan, a majority of whom had to go into exile or change their names to Muslim nomenclatures so as to protect themselves from widespread anti-Semitic sentiments here.

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Karachi’s ‘Yahoodi Masjid’

By Akhtar Balouch
After Pakistan’s independence, we changed the names of the buildings, streets and roads named after prominent personalities from the days of the British Raj, who played a vital role in Karachi’s development. The practice has not ended yet.

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The Unknown Jews of Bangladesh: Fragments of an Elusive Community

By Shalva Weil
It often comes as a surprise that there was once a thriving Jewish community in Pakistan. This is well documented. The real mystery and surprise is the fact that there was also once a Jewish community in East Pakistan, today Bangladesh, of which little is known.

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Guest Editorial

By Prof. Nadeem Hasnain & Aseem Hasnain
Scholars have placed Lucknow as a space primarily constituted by the coming together of Awadhi and Persian ways of meaning making, but open to influences from many other quarters. Lucknow’s past and present show influence from the Kayastha communities from the Indo-Gangetic Plains, who formed the backbone of the Nawabi and, later, colonial bureaucracy, Kashmiri Brahmins, who served the court, and various Shia and Sunni cleric-scholar-poet refugees from Delhi and the Deccan, who came in search of patronage

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Holi among Lucknow’s Muslims

By Himanshu Bajpai
The joy, the enthusiasm, and the energy with which Muslims in Lucknow have been known to celebrate Holi is one of the reasons why Lucknow has long been famous for its communal harmony. In the heart of the old city, Chowk’s famous Holi-baaraat (marriage procession) has been supervised and arranged for by Hindus and Muslims together since 1947. This procession, a symbol of Lucknow’s shared festivals, passes through predominantly Muslim areas like Chowk, Victoria Street, Akbari Gate, and Raja Bazaar.

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Why so few Muslims in Lucknow live across the Gomti

By Raphael Susewind
The map by and large confirms that most Muslims live in old Lucknow, apart from select pockets across the river, some of which - like Ujariyaon, the isolated dark area in the East - are old Muslim villages now surrounded by modern townships (see a more in-depth analysis here). That the old city has many Muslim inhabitants can be expected and explained through the city's history; residential patterns tend not to change too quickly, one inherits one's family home.

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