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Awan a South Asian Zamindar tribe, putatively of Arab origin, living The Ferozsons Urdu-English Dictionary lists the Awans as a tribe whose name is of Arabic.

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Many have played and continue to play, prominent roles in areas as varied as the military, business, politics and literature. Apply to be a Writer Report page Share this. In the opening to his account of the Awan tribe, H.

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The Awans have a unique distinction of being the only Punjabi tribe which has no adherents of Hinduism or Sikhism and is a totally Muslim tribe which adds weight to their claim of Arabian ancestry. A smaller portion of the tribe resides in Azad Kashmir,and to a lesser extent is also present in the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.

According to Philip Edward Jones: These include figures such as: Dorning, suggest that the Awans are ethnically distinct from Jats and Rajputs, thus negating theories that propose the Awan tribe csat from Jat or Rajput groups.

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat As in the case of histoy Sikhs, recruiting authorities showed a clear bias in favour of the dominant landowning tribes of the region, and recruitment of Punjabi Muslims was limited to those who belonged to tribes of high social standing or reputation – the ‘blood proud’ and once politically dominant aristocracy of the tract.

According to Rose not only are the Awans of Arabian origin, he also accepted that they are indeed the descendants of Qutab Shah. Like the KassarsJanjuas and Khokharsbut unlike the Ghakkarsthe Awans have the institution of sirdariwhereby the eldest son of a chief gets an extra share. The majority of his descendants came to refer to themselves as Qutb Shahi Awans [8] and most Awans are able to trace their family trees to Qutb Shah. Rise To Power Awans: Many have played and continue to play, prominent roles in areas as varied as politics, the armed forces, academia, literature and sport.


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Sabiha Shaheen who addressed this issue as part of her MA Thesis deems this theory tenable. Awans in general enjoy a respected status in Pakistan.

On a rural level, Awans are respected as members of the Zamindar or landowning class. Because the majority of Urduu subscribe to the belief that they are the descendants of the fourth Caliph Hazrat Ali R A though the bulk of those belonging to the rudu are not Shiasa number adopt the title, Alvi, although nistory all of those who refer to themselves as Alvi are Awans. Retrieved from ” http: Malik is one of the names of Allah”King” in the absolute sense.

The female version of Malik is Malikah Arabic: Amin Chand’s History of Sialkot gives a curious pedigree of the Awans which is pictured here: Apparently ,serving in armies has been their oldest profession in light of their fearless nature.

The Awan tribe is also to be found in great numbers in the Khyber Pakhtoonkha Province. The findings of the geneticist, S. According to census, the following districts inhabit population of Awan Muslim Jat clan: The loading family among the Awans is that of the Malik of Kalabaghand throughout the Jhelum Salt Range they have numerous maliks 1 notably Lal Khan of Nurpur in Pind Dadan Khan, head of the Shial descendants of Shihan, a great malik in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

As a result of census data collated during the era of the British Raj, the Awan tribe was casf classified as being exclusively Muslim; contemporary census figures adan that this essentially remains the status quo.

Furthermore, she states that Qutab Shah fled to the subcontinent along with a small group of people due to Mongol attacks and joined the court of Iltutmish.

In Kohat towards Khushalgarh they resemble the Awans of the Salt Range, but elsewhere in that District are hardly distinguishable from the Bangash and Niazais among whom they live. The modern surname system often results in members of the same family with different surnames, some choosing their position as a surname i.


Its population is concentrated in the districts of RawalpindiAttockChakwalJhelumSargodhaKhushab particularly the Soon ValleyMianwali ] Awan tribes residing here are believed to have been the sole occupants of the Mianwali Salt Range for nearly six hundred yearsGujranwalaHafizabadGujratSialkotNarowaland Layyah and is also scattered throughout bistory rest of Punjab.


Dilip Kumar’s 92nd birthday celebrated in the city – The Express Tribune”. The majority of his descendants came to refer to themselves as Qutab Shahi Awans and most Awans are able to trace their family trees to Qutab Shah. Awan, a South Asian Zamindar tribe, putatively of Arab origin, living predominantly in western and central parts of Punjab, Pakistan. Cunningham looked upon the Awans as a Rajput clan, [4] whereas Kaul was of the opinion that the tribe was of either Jat or Rajput origin, pointing to the fact that in Sanskritthe term Awan means “defender” or “protector” and asserting that this title was awarded by surrounding tribes due to the Awans successfully defending their strongholds against aggression.

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Naheed Qasimi Writer and literary awam. The Military, Government and Society in Colonial Punjab, The Pakistani military has always heavily recruited Awans and as is consistent with the past, the tribe continues to produce a considerable number of recruits who occupy many of the senior-most ranks of the Pakistani Army.

Awan (tribe)

See under Awan for the history of Maliks in Punjab. The independent possessions of the Awans in the Salt Range were once very considerable, and in its western and central portion they are still the dominant race.

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