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Rafique Wassan

Rafique WassanRafique Wassan holds a MSc in anthropology from the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan. His thesis was based on an ethnography of hereditary caste musicians in Sindh, Pakistan. From 2012-14, as an activist anthropologist he was engaged with ‘art and music for peace and human rights’ cultural initiative by Sarangaa Society, a Hyderabad Sindh based literary and cultural Organisation. Since September 2015, he is following his interdisciplinary doctoral studies in the fields of anthropology, ethnomusicology and cultural studies under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship Program (ESKAS/FCS) at the Institute of Musicology, University of Bern. His PhD research project focuses on Sufi literary and performance heritage in Sindh, Pakistan, in which he aims to investigate the cultural production, politics, discourse, representation and performance of contemporary Sufi cultural practice, identity and social change in Sindh. The project looks into how the Sindhi intelligentsia, cultural institutions and music groups engage with the discourse and performance of Sufi heritage in relation to syncretic, plural Sindhi identity and peacebuilding in the politically conflicting situation in Pakistan. In addition, it explores the critical use of Sindh’s Sufi heritage against the rise of religious radicalisation and extremism in Pakistan.

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