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Is there an "urban mind" in Balochi Literature?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology. (Iranian languages)
2010 (English)In: The Urban Mind: Cultural and Environmental Dynamics / [ed] Paul Sinclair, Gullög Nordquist, Frands Herschend, Christian Isendahl, Uppsala: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University , 2010, p. 457-470Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this chapter is to compare themes in Balochi written literature with those found in Balochi oral literature in search for an “urban mind”. The Balochi language is spoken in south-western Pakistan and south-eastern Iran, as well as by smaller populations outside Balochistan proper. Various estimates give at hand that there may be between 8 and 10 million speakers of Balochi, or even more.

Childe presents a number of criteria for urbanism which are used in this chapter to determine whether there is an urban mind in Balochi oral and written literature. The five written texts examined in this study all date from the 1950s and onwards, whereas the five oral texts are undated but assumed to be of a much earlier date than the written texts.

The study shows that in the oral narratives the urban setting is put forth as an ideal. To become a king or the king’s son-in-law or the foremost merchant in the world is what constitutes true success, and not, for example, to become the richest farmer or cattle owner. This urban mind is only present in a fantasy world, however, and in the written literature there is a totally different and this time realistic setting for the stories. Here the scene is not a world where wishes come true, but the harsh reality of Balochistan. Urbanism as an ideal is absent in these stories, and even though urban phenomena are mentioned they are not crucial in any of the written stories.

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Uppsala: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University , 2010. p. 457-470
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Studies in Global Archaeology, ISSN 1651-1255 ; 15
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Balochi, oral literature, written fiction, urbanism
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Iranian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-144131ISBN: 978-91-506-2175-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-144131DiVA, id: diva2:392600
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