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Sikh Ideology, Polity and Social Order: From Guru Nanak to Maharaja Ranjit Singh

J S Grewal (Author)
Synopsis This book is the fourth 'incarnation' of essays published in 1972.  A slightly revised edition appeared in 1982, and an enlarged one in 1996.  The present edition is much enlarged and thoroughly revised.  In many of these essays the author has analysed contemporary works of history and literature and all other essays are based strictly on contemporary evidence.  In the volume as a whole Sikh ideology, polity and social order are seen from various perspectives to illumine their inter-relationship in all its richness and complexity.  A variety of sources in Punjabi, Persian and English are used in these essays with reference to the 'received wisdom'.  The volume, thus, is likely to provide the best introduction to the precolonial Sikh tradition for young researchers.  The professional historians may find it useful for comparison in the light of their own understanding.  The general reader would find it interesting especially as it brings out the essential significance of several contemporary works of literature.  Indispensable for the teachers and students of Sikh history, this book has equal relevance for scholars of social sciences, religion and literature.
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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 Sikh Ideology, Polity and Social Order: From Guru Nanak to Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Author J S Grewal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition Revised and Enl
Language: English
isbn 8173047375
length 303p., Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 24cm.