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Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Life and Work of Guru Arjan
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Item Code: IDH548
Author: Pashaura Singh
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 0195679210
Pages: 317
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.7"
From the Jacket

A comprehensive study of the life and work of Guru Arjan (1563-1606), the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, this volume reconstructs his life based on history, memory, tradition, and mythic representation.

Pashaura Singh focuses on the major influences that shaped Guru Arjan's thought. He discusses the socio-political conditions that moulded the Guru's life, inspiring him to become one of the greatest religious leaders of the world. Presenting a systematic analysis of Guru Arjan's teachings, the author examines the Guru's role as leader of the growing Sikh Panth.

The book discusses major institutional developments and the formation of the Sikh canon during the Guru's reign. It also explores the circumstances surrounding the Guru's martyrdom and the subsequent impact on the crystallization of the Sikh Panth.

This volume lucidly written and with a multidisciplinary focus, will be of keen interest to students and scholars of religion, especially Sikh studies as also historians, sociologists and a wide general audience.

From the Back of the Book

I have been most impressed by Pashaura Singh's work…. Guru Arjan has received scant attention from reputable scholars. Pashaura Singh….does much to fill that gap.

W.H. McLeod, Emeritus Professor, University of Otago

……….a definitive study on Guru Arjan and his times….combines careful study of documents with a balanced account of historiography and numerous issues relating to Arjan. The book…should remain the standard assessment of a pivotal phase in the emergence of Sikhism as a world religion.

N. Gerald Barrier, Emeritus Professor, University of Missouri.

CONTENTS
Foreword by W.H. McLeod ix
Preface and Acknowledgements xi
Note on Orthography xiv
1 Reconstructing A Religious Biography 1
2 Situating the Guru in Indian History 14
3 Vehicles to the past: the Sources Contemporary Recollection; Retellings and Transmission; Remembering the Guru 28
4 Divine Presence in the History and Memory: The Life of Guru Arjan the Guru in History; the Guru in Narratives; the Guru in history and beyond 64
5 Sacred city and the Divine Court: The Darbar Sahib City of Amritsar; The Harimandir Sahib; centrality of the Darbar Sahib; A Lived Experience 105
6 The Adi Granth: Fixing the Divine Word Mughals and Sikhs: Navigating Interaction; Adi Granth in the Making; Quest for a Letter-perfect Text; Recensions, Fixing and Authority 134
7 Crystallization of a Religious Tradition: The Sikh Panth 172
8 The Martyrdom of Guru Arjan: Politicizing Religion 205
9 The Teachings of Guru Arjan: Nature of Ultimate Reality; 244
10 Narrating the Person: images of the Guru 290
Glossary 300
Index 307

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