Since today, March 21, is Nowruz, I thought it would be great (and timely, of course) to share this piece I came across a few days ago on a friend’s Facebook Timeline. The blog is very thorough, seemingly well-researched (though, it would have been helpful to see where the author got most of his information from; citations/references would have been useful!), and informative; it provides a historical background on the (forgotten) festival of Nowruz in Pakistan.
On that note, Happy Nowruz, everyone! 🙂
If one looks at the cultural history of Muslims in India, its hard to ignore the festival of Nowruz: The spring festival of Persia and central Asia which marks the start of spring of the start of Persian New Year.For more than a thousand years Nowroz was an official festival of the imperial courts in Dehli and Agra. Later it enjoyed the support of the princely states like Awadh and Hyderabad. Most Indians may remember K.Asif’s epic Moghul e Azam , which shows Jashen e Nowruz of Moghul court.
Nowruz was not just a fashion of muslim elites of India, rather it had a multi-dimensional character. After the Arab-muslim conquest of Persia, the festival of Nowruz became the symbol of a cultural resistance against Arabization and Arab imperialism. With the alliance of the sunni clerical establishment with the Caliphate in Baghdad after the initial resistance of the great Sunni…
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