Abdul Haque Chang

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Grant number

Gr. 9969

Approve Date

August 26, 2020

Project Title

Chang, Abdul Haque (Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan) "The Making of Shah Jo Raag: An Ethnographic Study of Sufi Musical Tradition in Sindh, Pakistan Sindh, Pakistan"

This study will focus on the making of Shah Jo Raag, a tradition of devotional music in the province of Sindh, Pakistan, transmitted orally by families of hereditary traditional musicians since 1743. Through a participatory ethnographic study of traditional musicians—the Ragi faqirs—in and around Bhitshah and at the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, this research will closely examine this historical tradition. Through a detailed study of 14 different Tolis (musical groups) for 12 months, including life histories, oral narratives, participant observation, and detailed interviews with Ragi faqirs, this research will provide an in-depth understanding of the economic, devotional, and cultural aspects of the Ragi faqirs within the larger devotional context of Sindh and the greater community. By engaging with theories on applied ethnomusicology, caste, autoethnography, music, culture, and ethnomusicology, this study aims to contribute to the scholarly literature on place-based contemporary sociomusical relationships of Sufi musical tradition within the disciplines of anthropology and ethnomusicology.