The Evolution of the Sikh Community: Five Essays

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Oxford University Press, Oct 1, 1995 - Religion - 127 pages
Sikh history has traditionally been regarded as a paradox. Beginning in the early sixteenth century as a system of internal devotion. Sikhism emerges into prominence during the eighteenth century as a clearly defined belief laying powerful stress upon external symbols. In a series of five essays this book examines Sikh history, scriptures, and society, seeking to show that the evolution of the community during the last 500 years has been a direct response to circumstances in the Punjab.

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Contents

The Evolution of Sikh Community
1
The Janamsakhis
20
Cohesive Ideals and Institutions in the History
37
The Sikh Scriptures
59
Caste in the Sikh Panth
83
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About the author (1995)

W. H. McLeod is at University of Otago.

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