The Materiality of the Past: History and Representation in the Sikh Tradition

Paperback | November 1, 2012

byAnne Murphy

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Anne Murphy offers a groundbreaking exploration of the material aspects of Sikh identity, showing how material objects, as well as holy sites, and texts, embody and represent the Sikh community as an evolving historical and social construction. Widening traditional scholarly emphasis on holy sites and texts alone to include consideration of iconic objects, such as garments and weaponry, Murphy moves further and examines the parallel relationships among sites, texts, and objects. She reveals that objects have played dramatically differentroles across regimes-signifers of authority in one, mere possessions in another-and like Sikh texts, which have long been a resource for the construction of Sikh identity, material objects have served as a means of imagining and representing the past.Murphy's deft and nuanced study of the complex role objects have played and continue to play in Sikh history and memory will be a valuable resource to students and scholars of Sikh history and culture.

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Anne Murphy offers a groundbreaking exploration of the material aspects of Sikh identity, showing how material objects, as well as holy sites, and texts, embody and represent the Sikh community as an evolving historical and social construction. Widening traditional scholarly emphasis on holy sites and texts alone to include considerati...

Anne Murphy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199916292

ISBN - 13:9780199916290

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Introduction: The Forms of Sikh Memory2. Sikh MaterialitiesSection 1: The Past in the Sikh Imagination3. Representation of a Community: Literary Sources from the Eighteenth Century4. Into the Nineteenth Century: History and SovereigntSection 2: Possessing the Past5. A History of Possession6. Colonial Governance and Gurdwara Reform7. Territory and the Definition of Being Sikh8. Conclusion Community, Territory, and the Afterlife of the ObjectBibliographyIndex