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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But in Gujrat the Khurara clan comprises 21 sub-divisions, including such names as Jalap and Bhakri: In Jhelum too Awans give their daughters in marriage to Awans only as a rule, though there seems to be some instances of marriages with leading men of the Chakwal tribes: The Awan tribe is also to be found in great numbers in the Khyber Pakhtoonkha Province.
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.
Sabiha Shaheen who addressed this issue as part of urcu MA Thesis deems this theory tenable. Other theories have been adduced by the Awans regarding their origins, but most of these hypotheses also point to the tribe being descended from Awon Qutab Shah, who entered the Indian subcontinent as part of a military campaign and traced his bloodline to Ali R A. 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.
In Peshawar the Awans are included in the hamsaya or faqir class. In Gujrat they only marry inter se, refusing to give daughters even to the Chibbsand not inter- marrying with the Khokhars. It is asserted that Qutb Shah and six of his sons accompanied and assisted Mahmud in aan early eleventh century conquests of what today forms parts of AfghanistanPakistan and Northern India.
This passage histlry entirely consistent with the popular classification of the Awans as zamindar or yeomen, in contradistinction to the Sahu or gentry Janjuas and Ghakkarsbut on a level with the Mairs and other leading tribes of Chakwal.
These include figures such hstory An Awan girl plaits her hair on the forehead and wears only ear-drops, this style being given up after marriage. Malik is one of the names of Allah”King” in the absolute sense. Awan, a South Asian Zamindar tribe, putatively of Arab origin, living predominantly in hitsory and central parts of Punjab, Pakistan. Threads for this page. The word Awan is not unplausibly derived from Ahwan’helper,’ 2 but various explanations of its origin are given.
Malik is the honorary title of the Awan ib. As a result of census data collated during the era of the British Raj, the Awan tribe was invariably classified as being exclusively Muslim; contemporary census figures underline that this essentially remains the status quo.
Awan (tribe) – Wikipedia
The modern surname system often results in members of the same family hhistory different surnames, some choosing their position as a surname i. Awans in general enjoy a respected status in Pakistan.
Though these areas are their ancestral homelands and many own farms and other property there, numerous Awans live in the major cities of Pakistan such as Lahore where a section of the Awan tribe has established a settlement, aptly named Awan TownIslamabad, and Karachi. According to Sir Malcolm Darling, the Awans are the: Awan soldier in battle uniform.
A number of Awan villages also exist next to Lahore along the Indo-Pak border where many Awans settled after migrating from East Punjab in following partition. He also considers the Awans to be of Arabian origin and traces their lineage to Ali, but according to him, Abdullah Rasul Mirza was the remote ancestor of the Awans; in the eighth century, he was made a commander of the army of Ghaur by Caliph Harun al-Rashid, the title of Awan being conferred upon him, and his descendants consequently being called Awans.
Conversely, there are also those who support the Awan claim to Arab ancestry. This page was last edited on 3 Mayat This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Historians describe them as valiant warriors and farmers who imposed their supremacy on the Janjua in part of the Salt Range, and established large colonies all along the Indus to Sind, and a densely populated centre not far from Lahore.
He considers the Awans to be of Arabian origin and traces their lineage to Ali, but according to him, Abdullah Rasul Mirza was the remote ancestor of the Awans; in the eighth century, he was made a commander of the army of Ghaur by Caliph Haroon-ur-Rasheed, the title of Awan being conferred upon him, and his descendants consequently being called Awans.
By Barth, his first wife, he had a son named Khokhar: Retrieved from ” http: Rise To Power Awans: Chauhan who colonised the hills near the Indus 5: Gurjar Parihar Bhati Baisla. A smaller portion of the tribe resides in Azad Kashmir and to a lesser extent also present in the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.
Though the origins of the Awans may be a matter of some debate, it has long been recognised that the composition of the tribe is wholly Muslim. September Learn how and when to remove this template message.
It should be noted that these theories were partly founded on grounds of phonetics, geographical considerations and observational coincidences, and remain conjecture having never been corroborated by the Awan tribe or neighboring clans.
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. Thus in Sialkot 1the Awans are said to be divided into 24 muhins.
They often carry titles typical to Punjabis who own tracts of ancestral land such as Malik, Chaudhry and Khan, depending on the area they live in as they are now widely dispersed all over the Punjab, NWFP and parts of Sindh and Balochistan.