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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According to census, the following districts inhabit population of Awan Uurdu Jat clan: Post a new thread. Malik Fazal Dad Khan has supported this theory but with some modifications.
Few of these look like Muhammadan patronymics. Its Nature, Function and Origins Photo gallery. Apply to be a Writer Report page Share this. Brandreth believed the Awans to be remnants of Bactrian Greeks.
The Pakistani military has always heavily recruited Awans and as is consistent with the past, the tribe continues to produce a considerable number of soldiers, many of whom today occupy many of the senior-most ranks of the Pakistani Army. Pakistan —Oxford University MPress, p. 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.
ugdu Khokhar or Muhammad Shah who settled on the Chenab: In the opening to his account of the Awan tribe, H. 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.
Alternative forms are Malek and Maalik.
Awan History – Awan History
On a rural level, Awans are respected as members of the Zamindar or landowning class. Be the first to start a new thread. 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 im the senior-most ranks of the Pakistani Army. In addition, Awans can also be found in Afghanistan and some parts of India.
It is asserted that Qutb Shah and six of his sons accompanied and assisted Mahmud in his early eleventh century conquests of what today forms parts of AfghanistanPakistan and Northern India.
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As a dominant tribe the eastern awaj of their position coincide approximately with the western border of the Chakwal and Pind Dadan Khan tahsils, but they have also spread eastwards along the foot of the hills as far as the Sutlej, and southwards down that river valley into Multan and Jhang.
By Barth, his first wife, he had a son named Khokhar: Gurjar Parihar Bhati Baisla. According to Philip Edward Jones: This page was last edited on 3 Mayat Tracts in regions such as Jhelum and Mianwali are so heavily populated by Awans that they have long been referred to as “Awankari”.
Although Rose was more cautious in assigning an Arab origin to the Awans, he was willing to concede that the tribe may well be Alvi Sayyidswho having sought refuge in Sindh from the Abbasidsallied themselves to Sabuktagin and assisted him in his Indian adventure, for which he bestowed qwan title of Awan on them Rose considering it plausible that the name of the Awan tribe was derived from the word ‘Ahwan’, meaning “helper”. According to Denzil Ibbetson, the Awans may well have accompanied the forces of Babur and the Awans of Jalandhar, who claimed to have shifted from the Salt Range at the behest of one of the early Emperors of Delhi, were particularly notable for being in the imperial service at Delhi.
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. But in the best available account of the tribe 4 the Awans are indeed said to be of Arabian origin and descendants of Qutb Shahbut he is said to have ruled Herat and to have joined Mahmud of Ghazni when he invaded India.
The Awans have a strong martial tradition and are renowned for their bravery. Awan soldier in uniform.
Baab Ul Awan
Sabiha Shaheen who addressed this issue as part of her MA Thesis deems this theory tenable. The bulk of the Awan tribe to be found in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
They often carry titles typical to Punjabis  who own tracts of ancestral land. According to Sir Malcolm Darling, the Awans are the: The Awans subscribe to the belief that they are the descendants of the fourth CaliphAli though the bulk of those belonging to the tribe are not Shiasand as such, a number adopt the title, Alvi — particularly those who migrated from East Punjab to Pakistan – although not all of those who refer to themselves as Alvi are Awans.
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 csat 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. Most Awans maintain and have always maintained they are descended from utdu individual named Qutb Shaha ruler of Herat and a general in the army of Mahmud of Ghazniwho himself was a Hashemite descendant of the Prophet Muhammad ‘s cousin and son-in-law, Ali but by a wife uedu than the Prophet’s daughter, Fatimah.
Amin Chand’s History of Sialkot gives a curious pedigree of the Awans which is pictured here: The Awan deserve close attention, because of their historical importance and, above all, because they settled in the west, right up to the edge of Baluchi and Pashtun territory. These four clans are again divided into numerous septs, often bearing eponymous names, hut sometimes the names of GujarJat and other tribal septs appear. Though these areas are their ancestral homelands and many own farms and other property there.
MALIK AWAN HISTORY – THE MALIK AWAN
Thus in Sialkot 1the Awans are said to be divided into 24 ufdu. With him came six of his many sons: These include figures such as: Histry who colonised the hills near the Indus 5: This article needs additional citations for verification.
Because the majority of Awans 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 tribe are not Shiasa number adopt the title, Alvi, although not all of those who refer to themselves as Alvi are Awans.