Item Code: IDG361
by Khushwant SinghPaperback (Edition: 2005)
Oxford University Press
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Pages: 410 (B & W Illus: 4, Figure: 4)
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First published in 1963, this remains the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the Sikhs. The new edition updated to the present recounts the return of the community to the mainstream of national life. Written in Khushwant Singh's trademark style to be accessible to a general, non-scholarly audience, the book is based on scholarly archival research.
Volume I covers the social, religious, and political background which led to the formation of the Sikh faith in the fifteenth century. Basing his account on original documents in Persian, Gurumukhi, and English, the author traces the growth of Sikhism and tells of the compilation of its sacred scriptures in the Granth Sahib.
The transformation of the Sikhs from a pacifist sect to a militant group called the Khalsa led by Guru Gobind Singh is portrayed in detail, as is the relationship of the Sikhs with the Mughals and the Afghans, until the consolidation of Sikh power under Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
About the Author:
Khushwant Singh is a renowned journalist, the author of several works of fiction, and an authority on Sikh history. A former editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India (1979-80), and the Hindustan Times (1980-83), he was Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He returned his Padma Bhushan, awarded in 1974, in protest against the Union Government's siege of the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Excerpts from Review:
'the indispensable reference point for---an historical and sociological understanding of the Sikh condition...these volumes are a tribute to [the] capacity for both a sympathetic and a balanced rendition of Sikh history.'
-Times of India
'Singh had done a good job of turning dry history into informed reading.'
|Preface to the Second Edition||vii|
|PART I. THE PUNJAB AND THE BIRTH OF SIKHISM|
|1.||The Sikh Homeland||3|
|2.||Birth of Sikhism||16|
|3.||Building of the Sikh Church||46|
|4.||The Call to Arms||60|
|5.||From the Pacifist Sikh to the Militant Khalsa||73|
|PART II. THE AGRARIAN UPRISING|
|6.||The Rise and Fall of Banda Bahadur||97|
|7.||Persecution of the Sikhs and the|
Reorganization of the Khalsa Army
|8.||Ahmed Shah Abdali and the Sikhs||126|
|9.||From the Indus to the Ganges||162|
|PART III. PUNJAB MONARCHY AND IMPERIALISM|
|10.||Rise of the Sukerchakia Misl||179|
|11.||Maharajah of the Punjab||188|
|12.||Suzerain of Malwa||202|
|13.||British Annexation of Malwa:|
Treaty of Lahore, 1809
|14.||Consolidation of the Punjab||224|
|15.||Extinction of Afghan Power in Northern India||238|
|16.||Europeanization of the Army||250|
|17.||Dreams of Sindh and the Sea||259|
|18.||Across the Himalayas to Tibet||269|
|PART IV. APPENDICES|
|Appendix 1 Janamsakhis and Other Sources of|
Information on the Life of Guru Nanak
|Appendix 2 Adi Granth or the Granth Sahib||294|
|Appendix3 Bhai Gurdas||299|
|Appendix 4 Dasam Granth||302|
|Appendix 5 Hymns from the Adi Granth||307|
|Appendix 6 Treaty of Lahore, 1809||362|
|Appendix 7 Tripartite Treaty of 1838||364|
|between pages 210 and 211|
|Guru Nanak and His Companions, Mardana and Bala|
Guru Gobind Singh, last of the Sikh gurus
|between pages 242 and 243|
|Ranjit Singh, with his favourite Muslim wife,|
Bibi Gulbahar Begam
|Harimandir, the Golden Temple of the Sikhs|