EMPOWERMENT THROUGH MUSIC: THE CASES OF AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINALS AND PAKISTANI SUFIS IN BRITAIN


Sençerman Ş.

Balkan Zirvesi 2. Uluslararası Sosyal Bilimler Kongresi, Edirne, Turkey, 10 May 2020, pp.129-142

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Edirne
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.129-142

Abstract

One of the aims of social sciences may be set as trying to find out, if any, similarities in the diverse individual and/or collective human behavior in order to make the totally unpredictable, somewhat predictable. As social sciences are not equipped with experimental devices to collect data, examination of similar mechanisms and strategies employed by different communities with similar socio-political setting to attain similar gains may help us to achieve this elusive aim. In this context, this paper will focus on the role of cult-born songs and chants in empowerment of two different communities, namely native Australian and migrant Pakistani Sufis living in Britain, both of whom had to undergo a series of psychological, social and geopolitical changes during the Colonial Era and may be said to be in need of reconstructing their identity and making a space to revive and reproduce their own culture, now, in globalized, Post-colonial Era. This paper first dwells briefly on the experiences of the two communities through the Colonial and Post-Colonial Era, which set the scene for the struggle for empowerment. An important part of this struggle involved claiming their land back (in the case of native Australians) or trying to territorialize the places they immigrated to (in the case of Pakistanis). The paper, next, strives for establishing similarities between the cults of the native Australian and the Pakistani -Dreamtime and Sufism, respectively- in terms of how they relate songs or chants to possession of land. Keywords: Dreamtime, Sufism, Native Australians, Pakistani Sufis, empowerment through