Interrogating the Ashraf-Ajlaf Distinction in Colonial India : The Study of Genealogies at Qasbah Amroha [Working Title]
This research project examines the ashraf-ajlaf distinction prevalent at the qasbah of Amroha located in the Rohilkhand region of the United Provinces in colonial India. Amroha, is a qasbah town in the present state of Uttar Pradesh in India, which has a cherished lineage of a social, cultural and political tradition. Through a discussion of the Urdu sources from the qasbah, focusing on the study of genealogies, this study will interrogate and compare the perceptions of the history of the qasbah upheld by the ashraf Muslims in relation to the perceptions of the ajlaf Muslims. An alternate history of the ajlaf Muslims in Amroha will be constructed through the colonial archive and gazetteers, labour manuals and records, and oral sources such as Sufi folklore prevalent at the numerous dargahs located at the qasbah.
First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Margrit Pernau
Second Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Torsten Tschacher
Third Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gayer