The Eighteenth Century in Sikh History: Political Resurgence, Religious and Social Life, and…

Hardcover | October 12, 2016

byKaramjit K. Malhotra

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The eighteenth century in Sikh history stands for a political revolution in which the erstwhile peasants and artisans who had joined the Khalsa order instituted by Guru Gobind Singh replaced first the Mughal and then the Afghan authority in the province of Lahore (Punjab). Based on a widerange of contemporary sources, the present study takes a fresh look at the political processes, and explores for the first time the accompanying transformation in the religious, social, and cultural life of the Sikhs. The aspects specifically taken up for study are the political resurgence of the Sikhs; their system of government; conception of God and the Guru; the institution of Gurdwara and the emergence of Amritsar as the premier centre of the Sikh world; rites, ceremonies, and ethics of the Khalsa; verticaland horizontal lines of demarcation among them; issues of caste and gender; literary articulation of the Sikhs; and their interest in art and architecture. A convergence of all these developments led to the crystallization of a distinctive Sikh identity by the end of the century. In a very real sense, the eighteenth century emerges in this book as a bridge between the earlier and later history of the Sikhs.

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The eighteenth century in Sikh history stands for a political revolution in which the erstwhile peasants and artisans who had joined the Khalsa order instituted by Guru Gobind Singh replaced first the Mughal and then the Afghan authority in the province of Lahore (Punjab). Based on a widerange of contemporary sources, the present study...

Karamjit K. Malhotra is Assistant Professor in the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, India. She has edited a book titled The Punjab Revisited: Social Order, Economic Life, Cultural Articulation, Politics, and Partition (18th-20th Centuries) , and published over a dozen research papers on Sikh history...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:794 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:October 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of FiguresPrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Scope, Sources, and Debate about DatesPart I: Sikh Political Resurgence and Sikh Polity1. Raj Karega Khalsa2. The Khalsa Raj (1765-99)Part II: Religious and Social Life3. God, Guru, and Gurdwara4. Rites and Ceremonies5. Ethical Concerns of the Khalsa6. The Sikh Social Order: Composition, Caste, and GenderPart III : Cultural Articulation7. The Old and New Literary Forms8. Painting and ArchitectureConclusion: Convergence on Sikh IdentityAppendix: The Goddess in Eighteenth-Century Sikh LiteratureGlossaryBibliographyIndexAbout the Author