A comprehensive study of the life and work of Guru Arjan (1563-1606), the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, this volume reconstructs his life based on history, memory, tradition, and mythic representation.
Pashaura Singh focuses on the major influences that shaped Guru Arjan's thought. He discusses the socio-political conditions that moulded the Guru's life, inspiring him to become one of the greatest religious leaders of the world. Presenting a systematic analysis of Guru Arjan's teachings, the author examines the Guru's role as leader of the growing Sikh Panth.
The book discusses major institutional developments and the formation of the Sikh canon during the Guru's reign. It also explores the circumstances surrounding the Guru's martyrdom and the subsequent impact on the crystallization of the Sikh Panth.
This volume lucidly written and with a multidisciplinary focus, will be of keen interest to students and scholars of religion, especially Sikh studies as also historians, sociologists and a wide general audience.
From the Back of the Book
I have been most impressed by Pashaura Singh's work
. Guru Arjan has received scant attention from reputable scholars. Pashaura Singh
.does much to fill that gap.
W.H. McLeod, Emeritus Professor, University of Otago
.a definitive study on Guru Arjan and his times
.combines careful study of documents with a balanced account of historiography and numerous issues relating to Arjan. The book
should remain the standard assessment of a pivotal phase in the emergence of Sikhism as a world religion.
N. Gerald Barrier, Emeritus Professor, University of Missouri.
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