Trimti: Siraiki Feminism and the Role of Women within Siraiki Literary Domain

Authors

  • Nukhbah Taj Langah Forman Christian College University, Lahore
  • Muhammad Abudllah Forman Christian College University, Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46521/pjws.026.01.0019

Keywords:

Trimti, Siraiki women’s literature, oppression, literary politics

Abstract

This paper applies textual analysis and an ethnographic approach to explore the role of women within the Siraiki cultural and literary domain. The debate about Siraiki as an ethno linguistic identity is a postcolonial development in Pakistan. Siraiki language speakers identify themselves being distinct from any other ethnic group in Pakistan. Based on this claim they resist the hegemonic control of Punjabi-Mohajir over their resources, area and disregard towards their literary and cultural tradition. The demand for a new Siraiki province within the federation of Pakistan by bifurcating Punjab is an outcome of this lack of political recognition. We contend that due to social taboos and patriarchal pressures, these women are experiencing suppression that results in limited visibility within mainstream literary circles. The lack of both appreciation and mentorship for their creative outputs has resulted in the dearth of literature produced by Siraiki women writers. The objective of this study is to indicate how this oppression can result in an enactment of power through creative writing. In order to substantiate our argument, we rely on selected works by Iqbal Bano, Shabnam Awan and Mussarat Kalanchvi. In the process, we also attempt to theorize an indigenous manifestation of feminist intent of these Siraiki writers as Trimti

Published

2020-05-30

How to Cite

Langah, N. T. ., & Abudllah, M. . (2020). Trimti: Siraiki Feminism and the Role of Women within Siraiki Literary Domain. Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies: Alam-E-Niswan, 26(1), 95-108. https://doi.org/10.46521/pjws.026.01.0019