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Sikhism and History

P C Pant (Author) N. Gerald Barrier (Editor) Pashaura Singh (Editor)
Synopsis 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 analyses highlight central Sikh concepts, 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 writings 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 young scholars including Pashaura Singh, N. Gerald Barrier, Nikki-Guninder Kaur Singh, Louis E. Fenech, Robin Reinhart, Tony Ballantyne, Doris Jakobsh, Arthur 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.
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About the authors

P C Pant

P.C. Pant is Professor of Prehistory at the Banaras Hindu University.

N. Gerald Barrier

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

Pashaura Singh

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

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Bibliographic information

Title Sikhism and History
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195667085
length x+280p., Notes; References; 23cm.