Sikhs and Sikhism

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Item Code: IDF067
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Author: W.H. McLeod
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0195668928
Pages: 854
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.4" X 5.5"
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This volume is an omnibus edition of four classic studies on the history and evolution of Sikhs and Sikhism, by one of the world's leading scholars in this field.

Guru Nanak and the Sikh Religion examines the life and teachings of Guru Nanak, offering an analytical view of the first Guru of the Sikhs, which is essential for an understanding of later Sikh history and contemporary Sikh society.

In Early Sikh Tradition McLeod traces the origins of the janam-sakhi style, describes the anecdotal and discourse forms used by narrators, and reconstructs a pattern whereby janam-sakhi traditions were assembled and transmitted.

The Evolution of the Sikh Community questions the traditional, and rather simplified, view of the Sikh community and its history by probing further into the past to the roots of Nanak's teachings.

The last work, Who is a Sikh? offers lucid accounts of key events and phases that led to the development of Sikh identity into its current form. This book seeks to provide an understanding of the Sikh individual, historical community, and religion.

Excerpts From Review:

'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 books 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

' his analysis and comparison of his sources Dr McLeod's touch is so sure, his critical faculty so acute, his zest in unraveling the truth so potent, and the sheer scholarly honesty of the enterprise so palpable that...the very process of exact scholarship which can be so tedious becomes fascinating and absorbing.' - Times Literary Supplement

'...careful scholarship and thoughtful analytical temper, revealing important historical trajectories along which the Sikh tradition has changed over the centuries...widely read...a scholar who is both sympathetic to his material and writes of it with clarity and authority.' - The Indian Economic and Social History Review

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.


Guru Nanak and the Sikh Religion

1.The Setting1
2.The Sources7
3.The Life of Guru Nanak According to the Janam-Sakhis34
4.The Life of Guru Nanak68
5.The Teachings of Guru Nanak148
6.The Person227
Biographical Index247
Doctrinal Index249
General Index252

Early Sikh Tradition

Section I
1.The Historical Setting: the Panjab 1500-18003
2.The Jnanam-salchis: A Definition and Summary Description8
3.The Principal Janam-sakhis15
4.The Language of the Janam-sakhis49
Section II
5.The Origins and Growth of the Janam-sakhi Traditions55
6.Constituents of the Janam-sakhis63
7.Janam-sakhi Forms82
8.The Assembling and Transmission of the Janam-sakhi Traditions106
9.The Evolution of Sakhis117
10.Sources Used by the Janam-sakhi Compilers174
11.Purpose, Function, Value237
12.The Purpose of the Janam-sakhis240
13.The Function of the Janam-sakhis244
14.The Janam-sakhis as Historical Sources248
15.The Janam-sakhis in Panjabi Literature268
Index of Janam-Sakhi Anecdotes and Discourses299
General Index305

The Evolution of the Sikh Community

1.The Evolution of the Sikh Community1
2.The Janam-Sakhis20
3.Cohesive Ideals and Institutions in the History of the Sikh Panth37
4.The Sikh Scriptures59
5.Caste in the Sikh Panth83

Who is a Sikh?

1.What is Sikhism?1
2.The Nanak-panth7
3.The Khalsa and its Rahit23
4.The Khalsa in the Eighteenth Century43
5.The Singh Sabha Reformation62
6.Definition by Legislation82
7.Who is a Sikh?99
Select Bibliography122

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