Textures of the Sikh Past: New Historical Perspectives

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This collection focuses on new directions in Sikh and Punjab studies. Discussing major themes and developments affecting Sikhs around the world, it assesses Sikh studies as it stands today and offers new perspectives on Sikh culture and history. It provides an understanding of how modern Sikhism has evolved, with particular attention to historical documents, changes in the colonial period, varied yet intertwined experiences of Sikhs in the diaspora, and, finally a concern for ...

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This collection focuses on new directions in Sikh and Punjab studies. Discussing major themes and developments affecting Sikhs around the world, it assesses Sikh studies as it stands today and offers new perspectives on Sikh culture and history. It provides an understanding of how modern Sikhism has evolved, with particular attention to historical documents, changes in the colonial period, varied yet intertwined experiences of Sikhs in the diaspora, and, finally a concern for contemporary changes and issues facing Sikhs as a whole.

The essays examine a widely divergent terrain of sacred texts and popular culture, the transformation of Punjab under British rule and contemporary developments, local histories, and social issues that concern the Panth as a whole. They are united, however, by a deep concern with the "texture" of Sikh history: the ways in which space, time, social structures, and political systems have shaped the development of the Panth. Many of the essays demonstrate a keen interest in specificity, leading to the production of carefully contextualized studies appreciating the forces, processes, and structures that have conditioned Sikh history. In assessing these multiple histories and divergent social formations the essays not only highlight the richness and complexity in the texture of Sikhism's history, but also identify new archives and look ahead to new ways of imagining the Sikh past.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195686630
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Tony Ballantyne Ballantyne, Tony 1

Hew McLeod and the Development of Sikh Studies N. G. Barrier Barrier, N. G. 17

Vanjara Pothi: A New Source in the Formation of the Sikh Canon Pashaura Singh Singh, Pashaura 26

The Two Lives of Bhai Nand Lal 'Goya' Louis E. Fenech Fenech, Louis E. 64

Sikhs and Caste W. H. McLeod McLeod, W. H. 104

The Dalit Sikhs: A History? John C. B. Webster Webster, John C. B. 132

British Rule, Technological Change, and the Revolution in Transportation and Communication: Punjab in the Later Nineteenth Century Ian J. Kerr Kerr, Ian J. 155

Punjab and the Sikhs through the Prism of Plague Ian Catanach Catanach, Ian 183

Sikhism in Orissa: From the World of the Nanakpanthis to the Domain of the Khalsa Himadri Banerjee Banerjee, Himadri 218

Bhangra and the Project of Sikh Studies Tony Ballantyne Ballantyne, Tony 257

Tradition and History: Modern Communication and 'Sikh-Diaspora' N. G. Barrier Barrier, N. G. 282

Sikhism and the Visual Arts Amrit Rabindra Kaur Singh Singh, Rabindra Kaur 312

Notes on Contributors 327

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