Sikhism and History

Sikhism and History

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Item Code: IDF879
Author: Edited By: Pashaura Singh and N. Gerald Barrier
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0195667085
Pages: 280
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7" X 5.7"
Weight 480 gm
About the Book:

This collection of representative essays covers a wide range of issues that define the contours of contemporary Sikh studies and is a major contribution to the field. Each essay explores a dimension of what constitutes modern Sikhism - the central concerns of a Sikh identity as well as the realities of the Sikh diaspora. The symbols and practices as they evolved over time, the enduring importance of the teachings of the Gurus and their relation to contemporary influences on Sikhism. The essays explore the conscious codification of Sikh precepts during the Singh Sabha period and the relationship between religion and ideology as embodied in modern politico religious formations like the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee. The doctrinal issues involving the authority of texts like the Dasam Granth and debates over authorship are also explored. In this context, the discipline also recognizes the need for a methodology equipped with tools that approach historical sources carefully, as in the instance of poetic writing in Persian.

This multidimensional volume highlights the contributions of the leading Sikh studies scholar W. H. McLeod and brings together both authorities in the discipline and yound scholars including Pashaura Singh, N. Gerald Barrier, Nikki-Guninder Kaur Singh, Louis E. Fenech, Robin Reinhart, Tony Ballantyne, Doris Jakobsh, Arhtur Helweg, and Darshan S. Tatla. It will be useful to scholars, students, and the general reader interested in issues related to the history of Sikhism and questions of identity formation of communities.

About the Author:

Pashaura Singh is Assistant Professor of Sikh Studies and Punjabi Language, University of Michigan. USA.

N. Gerald barrier is Professor of History and a Middlebush Chair in the Social Sciences. University of Missouri-Columbia


 Introduction- I
The Contribution of Professor W.H. McLeod
in the field of Sikh Studies
Pashaura Singh
Sikhism in the Light of History
N. Gerald Barrier
 Keynote Speech
Researching the Rahit
W.H. McLeod
 Response to Keynote Speech
Pashaura Singh
1.Mythic Inheritance and
the Historic Drink of the khalsa
Nikky-Guninader Kaur Singh
2.Sikh Identity in the Light of History
A Dynamic Perspective
Pashaura Singh
3.Bhai Nand Lal 'Goya' and the Sikh Tradition
Louis E. Fenech
4.Strategies for Interpreting the Dasam Granth
Robin Rinehart
5.Maharaja Dalip Singh, History, and
the Negotiation of Sikh Identity
Tony Ballantyne
6.What is in a Name?
Circumscribing Sikh Female Nomenclature
Doris Jakobsh
7.Authority, Politics, and Contemporary Sikhism
The Akal Takht, the SGPC, Rahit Maryada, and the Law
N. Gerald Barrier
8.Ethnic Dynamics within a Transnational Framework
The Case of the Sikh Diaspora
Arthur W. Helweg
9.Writing Prejudice
The Image of Sikhs in Bharati Mukherjee's Writings
Darshan S. Tatla
 Bio-bibliographical Notes on Contributors278

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