This volume explores the earliest available version of the Sikh canon. The book contains the first critical description and partial edition of the Goindval Pothis, a set of proto-scriptural manuscripts prepared in the 1570s. The manuscripts also contain a number of hymns by non-Sikh saints, some of them not found elsewhere.
Through a meticulous analysis of the contents of these rare manuscripts, Gurinder Singh Mann establishes their place and importance in the history of Sikh canon formation.
The book will be of great interest to scholars of comparative canon studies and of medieval Indian literature.
About the Author
Gurinder Singh Mann is Kundan Kaur Kapany Chair in Sikh Studies, Professor in the Global & International Studies Program and the Department of Religious Studies, and Director of the Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Gurinder Singh Mann's work is by far the most detailed study of the Goindval Pothis, two sixteenth-century Sikh manuscripts, to appear in print. It is divided into three sections. In the opening section, Mann introduces the history and textual issues related to these manuscripts. The second section gives a detailed table of contents of these texts. The third section presents the compositions that are available here but did not make it to the Adi Granth, the Sikh sacred text. Given the fact that only a handful of scholars, less than six as Mann claims, have been permitted access to these early manuscripts, Mann has done great service to the field by telling the world what is contained in these texts. His research fully supports the Sikh traditional understanding regarding the role of the Goindval Pothis in the compilation of the Adi Granth, but does it with hard textual evidence. Mann is a rare breed of scholars who brings a very high degree of scholarly rogor to his work without losing a deep sympathy for the traditional beliefs. I would strongly recommend this book to any one who is interested in early Sikh history or more specifically the history of Sikh Scripture