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Recent Debates in Sikh Studies: An Assessment

 
J S Grewal (Author)
Synopsis

Sikh studies in recent decades have been marked by a prolonged controversy involving most of the basic issues related to the Sikh tradition: the life of Guru Nanak and the Janamsakhis, the teachings of Guru Nank, the nature of his faith, and his status in the history of religion, evolution of the Sikh community and its politicization, the Khalsa rahit and the doctrines of Guru Panth and Guru Granth, the history of the Dasam Granth, its status, and its importance in the life of the Sikhs, the Sikh tradition of martyrdom, the Sikh and Khalsa identity, tension between the ideal of equality and the presence of caste and gender distinctions in the Sikh social order, and the making of the Sikh scripture known as Guru Granth Sahib.

The author’s comments and his perspective based on his extensive study of Sikh history and literature, meaningfully moderate between the opposing views held by the Western academia and the Sikh intelligentsia. As a results, this volume becomes an exceptionally insightful introduction to the Sikh tradition. It is indispensable for all readers and scholars interested in Sikh studies.

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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 Recent Debates in Sikh Studies: An Assessment
Author J S Grewal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173048838
length 324p., 23cm.