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Book on Bajaur history to serve crash course for researchers

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Maulana Khanzeb, resident of Bajaur tribal district has recently launched a comprehensive book ‘ Bajaur Da Tarikh Pah Rana Ke’ Bajaur in the Light of History’ spread over 438 pages published under the auspices of ‘ Mafkoora’ a private Research Institute in Peshawar.

A number of literary circles have hailed the attempt of the religious scholar for compilation of a book featuring past glory, flora fauna and cultural traditions of the land and people based on authentic sources. The book has 16 chapters with beautiful description of every important event and spot traced back to its 4,000 years history.

Interestingly, the writer opens his book with history behind the name of ‘Bajaur’ and after several references, he arrives with one solid conclusion that Baaj means ‘tax’ imposed on the crop in certain proportion and warr means to give and the combined term came to mean tax giver because he adds that area produced and still produces variety of crops owing to its water abundance.

Every chapter with subheading describes its own topics and escapes nothing significant to the people of Bajaur and established its traces of history four thousands in the ancient times and with great respect sheds light on the remains of every era whether Buddhist ‘site or Alexzander’s passage through the area of Bajaur. Chapter third is entirely dedicated to its past history, and remains of different civilizations.

The book also gives important information about the geography, administration, agriculture and minerals and also throws light on its climate, mountains and open fields including picnic spots. Different Pakhtun tribes living in Bajaur find valuable information about their origin and evolution, way of life, traditions even foods and bereaves.

The writer retells the most popular tale of Sher Alam Mamomnai that he says was happened around 1920 and mentions that the story had a real background later versified by about nine folk Pashto poets but poet Fida Mutawahir’s version took it to a new height when it was sung by a popular folk singer Fazle Rabi. Also he takes time to describe the visit of Bacha Khan to a Masjid still located in Katkot, Mamoond area where he had spent forty days.

Similarly the shrines of Sufis, great literary figures and poets have mention in the book that not only take the reader to the past glory of Bajaur but also transports one to the sights and sounds of the local residents, their tribal pride and their beautiful traditions that still bloom in the springs of the area. The book is a medley of war, history and romance that gives the author a due credit to bring such information to the avid readers of history but the book also provides a window to different readers with various tastes and bent of minds.