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Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708): Master of the White Hawk

 
J.S. Grewal (Author)
Synopsis

The unifying theme in the life of Guru Gobind Singh was confrontation with the Mughals, which culminated in a struggle for political power. This fact is brought into sharp focus when we consider the Guru’s life and legacy simultaneously in the contexts of the Mughal Empire, its feudatory states in the hills, and the Sikh movement. The creation of the Khalsa in 1699 as a political community with the aspiration to rule made conciliation or compromise with the Mughal state almost impossible. Their long struggle ended eventually in the declaration of Khalsa Raj in 1765. Using contemporary and near contemporary sources in Gurmukhi, Persian, and English, J.S. Grewal presents a comprehensive study of this era of Sikh history. The volume elaborates on the life and legacy of Guru Gobind Singh and explores the ideological background of the institution of the Khalsa and its larger political context. Grewal, however, emphasizes that the legacy of the Khalsa was also social and cultural. This authoritative volume on the tenth Guru is a significant addition to the field of Sikh studies. Students, researchers, and scholars of Punjab and Sikh history and late Medieval India; amateur researchers and general readers. USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand where substantial number of Sikhs and Punjabis are settled, and where Sikh Religion and History are being studied in Universities.

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About the author

J.S. Grewal

Professor J.S. Grewal, a former Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study of Shimla and a former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University at Amritsar, has written extensively on philosophy of history, medieval India, Sikh history, and history of the Punjab, and he has edited a large number of volumes. Among his numerous publications are Guru Nanak in History (1969); Muslim Rule in India: The Assessment of British Historians (1970); The Sikhs of the Punjab (1990); Historical Perspectives on Sikh Identity (1997); and Contesting Interpretations of the Sikh Tradition (1998).

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Bibliographic information

Title Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708): Master of the White Hawk
Author J.S. Grewal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.08.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199494941
length 316p.