History, Literature, And Identity: Four Centuries of Sikh Tradition

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

byJ. S. Grewal

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This book examines the entire range of Sikh sacred literature produced between the sixteenth- and nineteenth century to give a comprehensive account of the Sikh tradition. Divided into five parts, it discusses the historical context of the production of Sikh literature and also the development of Sikh identity. The first part of the book (1500-1605) explores the compositions of the first five Gurus and the next analyses the literary genre characterizing the 'phase ofconfrontation' with the state (1606-75). The third (1675-1708) reveals how Sikhism responded to the external threats and the fourth part (1765-1849) discusses Guru Gobind Singh and literature produced during the period of Khalsa Raj. The last deals with works which have gained entry into the Sikhpanth during the colonial period.

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This book examines the entire range of Sikh sacred literature produced between the sixteenth- and nineteenth century to give a comprehensive account of the Sikh tradition. Divided into five parts, it discusses the historical context of the production of Sikh literature and also the development of Sikh identity. The first part of the bo...

J.S. Grewal, a Padma Shree awardee, has earlier served as Chairman of the Governing Body and the Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction; Part One: Articulation of a New Dispensation (c. 1500-1605)1. The Gurmukh Panth: Guru Nanak2. In the Master's Footsteps: The Shaloks of Guru Angad3. An Exclusive Path for the Kaliyuga: Guru Amar Das4. The 'House of Nanak', an Expression of Divine Grace: Guru Ram Das5. Halemi Raj, a Parallel Dispensation: Guru ArjanPart Two: In the Context of Confrontation (1606-75)6. The Nirmal and Nirol Panth: Bhai Gurdas7. 'Frighten No One and be Afraid of None': Guru Tegh BahadurPart Three: In Response to External Threat (1675-1708)8. Declaration of 'Righteous War': The Bachittar Natak9. Tirumph of the Khalsa: The Var Bhagauti of 'Gurdas'10. The Guru-Khalsa: Sainapat's Sri Gur Sobha11. The Singh Way of Life: The RahitnamasPart Four: In the Context of Sikh Rule (1765-1849)12. The Sikh Faith and the Khalsa Panth: Chhibber's Bansavalinama13. Sovereignty of the Third Panth: Bhangu's Guru-Panth PrakashPart Five: In the Context of Colonial Rule (1849-1947)14. An Argument for Sikh Nationality: Nabha's Ham Hindu NahinEpilogueGlossaryBibliographyIndex