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The Khalsa: Sikh and Non-Sikh Perspectives

J.S. Grewal (Editor)
Synopsis This book demonstrates that historiography is a dynamic process. The five major Sikh writers analysed in the book present differences of factual detail, objectives and approach. If one glorifies the Khalsa as upholding the monotheistics tradition, another compromises the monotheistic tradition by bringing in the goddess. If one negates the egalitarian norm of the Khalsa social order, another valourizes its uncompromising sovereignty in the face of threat from the British. Modern historians present no less divergent views. If one looks, upon the Khalsa as the emergence of a new ‘nation’, another minimizes their achievement in comparison with the British. If one tries to reconsile doctrinal sovereignty with political loyalty, another presents the Khalsa as serving the presents the Khalsa as serving the cause of Hindu nationalism. Still others can talk of the Khalsa as ‘transfiguration’ of the earlier sikh tradition. With its multiple perspectives on the Khalsa, this book introduces the subject in a manner that no single perspective can do. It should be of interest to those concerned with the Sikh tradition and its study, and also to those concerned with other religious traditions.
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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 The Khalsa: Sikh and Non-Sikh Perspectives
Author J.S. Grewal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173045801
length 221p., Notes; 22cm.
Subjects History