BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)
Faculty / School
School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)
Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
Date of Award
Date of Submission
Aliya Iqbal Naqvi, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences
SSLA Culminating Experience
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.
Imran, S. (2023). An analysis of Good and Evil in the Dastan-e-Amir Hamza Sahibqiran (Unpublished undergraduate project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/sslace/250
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