BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Date of Submission



Aliya Iqbal Naqvi, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This paper is largely a thematic analysis of how the South Asian iteration of the great Perso-Islamic epic, the Dastan-e-Amir Hamza Sahibqiran, explores the concepts of “good” and “evil”, using frameworks informed by Islamic and Zoroastrian theology and theodicy. Chapter 1 defines the dastan genre and historically and culturally contextualizes the Dastan-e-Amir Hamza as a popular literary text with a deep history and broad geographical spread. Chapter 2 sets parameters of good and evil in terms of Islamic and Zoroastrian theology and theodicy, thereby establishing a flexible framework of good and evil. Chapter 3 analyses three central, overarching themes, namely ‘The True Faith’, ‘Trickery/Ayyari’, and ‘Gender and Masculinity’, in light of the aforementioned framework. The analysis predominantly focuses on Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3 of Musharraf Ali Farooqui’s English translation of the 19th century Ghalib Lakhnavi and Abdullah Bilgrami Urdu version of the Dastan-e-Amir Hamza Sahibqiran.


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