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The Evolution of the Sikh Community: FIVE ESSAYS

The Evolution of the Sikh Community: FIVE ESSAYS
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Item Code: IDG085
Author: W. H. McLeod
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 0195637372
Pages: 127
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
weight of the book: 160 gms
About the Author:

W. H. McLeod is an internationally renowned scholar of Sikh studies. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

About the Book:

Beginning in the early sixteenth century as an intensely interior system of devotion, Sikhism emerged into prominence later in the eighteenth century as a clearly defined belief laying stress on martial prowess and external symbols. Thus traditionally, Sikh history has always been regarded as a paradox.

McLeod seeks a more intricate interpretation, a more radical concept of development, taking into account a wider range of historical and sociological phenomena. In this series of five essays he examines the history and sacred literature of the Sikhs, probing into the roots of Nanak's teachings and beyond. He demonstrates that the evolution of the community has in fact been a logical and consistent process.

Authoritative yet lucidly written, this volume will make interesting reading for scholars and students of religion, culture, Sikh studies, sociology, and history, as well as general readers and members of the Sikh community interesting in the living faith.

CONTENTS

1.The Evolution of the Sikh Community1
2.The Janam-Sakhis20
3.Cohesive Ideals and Institutions in the History
of the Sikh Panth
37
4.The Sikh Scriptures59
5.Caste in the Sikh Panth83
GLOSSARY105
BIBLIOGRAPHY111
INDEX123

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