Sindhology (Sindhi: سنڌولوجي) is a field of study and academic research that covers the history, society, culture, and literature of Sindh, a province of Pakistan. The subject was first brought into the academic circles with the establishment of the Institute of Sindhology at Sindh University in 1964. Since then, it has developed into a discipline that covers the aspects of history and archaeology from the Indus Valley Civilization to the modern Sindhi society. The subject has also received wider attention at international levels. An academic or expert who specialises in Sindhology is called a Sindhologist.
The term Sindhology to denote a subject of knowledge about Sindh was first coined in 1964 with the establishment of the Institute of Sindhology. The objective at the time was to promote the study and broader research on Sindh, and develop a repository of archives, books, manuscripts, and research papers. Another wider objective was to promote the knowledge about Sindh in various other national and regional languages of Pakistan, as well as international languages such as Arabic, English, Persian and Urdu.
The subject was actually developed on the patterns of Egyptology and Indology. The study area encompassed the multidisciplinary research about the land that has been shaped by the 5000 years old Indus Valley Civilization as well as the Indus river (locally known as Sindhu Darya). This enables the scope of the study to cover the antiquities, relics, culture, traditions, and literature with unique forms of music, art, and poetry that has prevailed in both the ancient and modern Sindh.
The first major attempt to bring together the leading Sindhologists was an international seminar 'Sindh Through the Centuries' held in Karachi in Spring 1975 under the auspices of the Government of Sindh. Some of the prominent names in Sindhology include:
- Ali S. Asani
- Dr. Nabi Bux Khan Baloch
- Hassam-ud-Din Rashidi
- Ahmad Hasan Dani
- Annemarie Schimmel
- Allama I. I. Kazi
- Asko Parpola
- Ghulam Ali Allana
- Jean-François Jarrige
- J.E. van Lohuizen
- Knez Lambrick
- Muhammad Usman Diplai
- Shoukat Hussain Shoro
- Syed Gulam Mustafa Shah
- Yu. V. Gankovsky
- Dr. Umair Chachar
- Ishtiaque Ansari
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- Siddiqui, H. (1987). Education in Sind: Past and Present. Institute of Sindhology, University of Sind. ISBN 969-405-009-X.
- Allana, G. (ed.) (2002). Origin and Growth of Sindhi Language. Institute of Sindhology.
- Yusuf, M. (1975). Sind Quarterly. Shah Abdul Latif Cultural Society.
- Allana, G.A. (1978). A Detailed Report of the Activities and Achievements Made by the Institute of Sindhology. University of Sind.
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- Government of Sindh (1994)
- Government of Sindh (1994) Sind Through the Centuries, Proceedings of an International Seminar Held in Karachi in Spring 1975, by Department of Culture, Government of Sind. Oxford University Press, Karachi. ISBN 978-0-19-577499-3