Examine the Kissa tradition in Punjabi liteature.
Waris Shah was one of the pioneers of the Qissa/Kissa (story) tradition of the Punjabi folk literature.
Heer Ranjha and Sohni Mahiwal Punjabi Sufi poetry also influenced other Punjabi literary traditions particularly the Punjabi Qissa, a genre of romantic tragedy which also derived inspiration from Indic, Persian and Quranic sources. The Qissa of Heer Ranjha by Waris Shah is among the most popular of Punjabi Qissas. Other popular stories include Sohni Mahiwal by Fazal Shah, Mirza Sahiba by Hafiz Barkhudar, Sassi Punnun by Hashim Shah and Qissa Puran Bhagat by Qadaryar.
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