Exercising ethnobiological resilience in turbulent times and places: in memoriam Sayed Hussain (1998–2023)

Hussain, Wahid and Abbas, Wasim and Pieroni, Andrea (2023) Exercising ethnobiological resilience in turbulent times and places: in memoriam Sayed Hussain (1998–2023). Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 19. ISSN 1746-4269

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On May 4, 2023, four schoolteachers and four drivers, including the young ethnobotanist Sayed Hussain, lost their lives at their school, massacred by religious extremists in the village of Teri Mangal, Kurram District, NW Pakistan, near the Pakistani-Afghan border. Ethnobiologists working in this area believe in the power of education and community-centered rural development as prominent tools for bringing about decent sustainable livelihoods in the near future and ultimately fostering social cohesion, tolerance, and peace. Ethnobiology was expressly conceived and designed to play a pivotal role in celebrating the richness of diversity of both indigenous and minority groups and especially to stop their oppression and discrimination, building the conditions for providing them true agency in their inalienable right to shape a decent future for their children. Field ethnobiologists in Kurram feel the palpable social tension, the fears local people confront daily and even sometimes the reluctance of a few community members to discuss and share their folk knowledge, while at other times, the burden of accessing militarily controlled areas and territories affected by landmines made their field research unfeasible. Nevertheless, ethnobiologists conducting field studies and navigating through these major difficulties exercise their daily resilience daily and believe in the power of the continuous dialogue between local knowledge holders and scholars.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnobiology, Confict, Kurram, Minorities, Marginalization
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QK Botany
R Medicine > RV Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Depositing User: ePrints deposit
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2023 12:30
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2023 12:30
URI: http://eprints.tiu.edu.iq/id/eprint/1305

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