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Exploring Sikhism: Aspects of Sikh Identity, Culture, and Thought

Exploring Sikhism: Aspects of Sikh Identity, Culture, and Thought
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Item Code: IDG077
Author: W. H. McLeod
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0195658566
Pages: 288
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
About the Book:

This volume brings together essays published over four decades by an internationally renowned scholar of Sikh Studies whose interest embraces all respects of Sikh history, belief, and practice. The essays, trenchant, insightful, and engagingly written, cover a range of subjects- from the nature of the Sikh Panth (the Sikh community) and the Khalsa Rahit (the code of belief and behaviour all initiated Sikhs must promise to obey) to Guru Nanak and the Sikh diaspora. The volume concludes with a spiritual answer to some of the criticisms that have been levelled against McLeod over the course of his career. This collection will be invaluable for students and scholars of Sikh studies as well as general readers interested in the work of this important scholar.

About the Author:

Hew McLeod is Emeritus Professor at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Excerpts from Reviews:

'The field of modern Sikh Studies has been single-handedly introduced, crafted, nourished and advanced by Hew McLeod over the last three decades. He has over ten book in Sikh history to his credit and each one of his works has been received with much enthusiasm and global critical acclaim...In his sophistication and erudition in matters of Sikh history, society, and culture he remains unmatched.'

--Professor Harjot Oberoi, University of British Columbia, Canada

'...[I]n his analysis and comparison of his sources Dr McLeod's touch is so sure, his critical faculty so acute, his zest in unravelling the truth so patent, and the sheer scholarly honestly of the enterprise so palpable that...the very process of exact scholarship which can be so tedious becomes fascinating and absorbing.'

--Times Literary Supplement

'...[W]ithout doubt, [Hew McLeod] is one of the best scholars in the field. When it comes to the constitution and development of the civil society, the evolution and the progression of theraihat maryada, his researches are excellent...As an outsider, as an objective historian, he initiated and instigated researches in some of the most sensitive domains, that an insider, a member of the community, probably could not have perceived. He will always be remembered as one of the most outstanding scholars of Sikhism.'

--Indian Institute of Advanced Study Review

CONTENTS

Glossaryxiii
PART I: GURU NANAK
1. The Influence of Islam upon the Thought of Guru Nanak3
2. Kabir, Nanak, and the Early Sikh Panth19
3. The Nanak of Faith and the Nanak of History37
PART II: THE SIKH PANTH
4. The Development of the Sikh Panth49
5. The Sikh Struggle in the Eighteenth Century
and its Relevance for Today
70
6. The Contribution of the Singh Sabha Movement
to the Interpretation of Sikh History and Religion
91
PART III: THE RAHIT AND THE RAHIT-NAMAS
7. The Problem of the Panjabi Rahit-namas103
8. The Khalsa Rahit: The Sikh Identity Defined126
PART IV: DEFINITIONS
9. On the WordPanth:A Problem of
Terminology and Definition
139
10. The Meaning of 'Sant' in Sikh Usage149
11. Sikh Fundamentalism162
PART V: CASTES AND SECTS OF THE SIKHS
12. The Kukas: A Millenarian Sect of the Panjab189
13. Ahluwalias and Ramgarhias: Two Sikh Castes216
PART VI: SIKH MIGRATION
14. The First Forty Years of Sikh Migration:
Problems and Some Possible Solutions
237
PART VII: BIOGRAPHY
15. Max Arthur Macauliffe257
PART VIII: HISTORIOGRAPHY
16. Cries of Outrage: History versus Tradition
in the Study of the Sikh Community
267
index280

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