The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Religion - 318 pages
"Pashaura Singh examines rare manuscripts of the Adi Granth from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and looks at the process which led to the composition of Guru Arjan's version in 1604. He incorporates new manuscript evidence that has become available over the last two decades and offers a clear and detailed exposition of the recent scholarly findings being published in both Punjabi and English. Singh, taking a radically different approach from the dominate mode of textual analysis, argues for a plurality of interpretation and the inexhaustible hermeneutic potential of the Adi Granth. He goes on to examine the role of the Adi Granth as 'Guru' in the personal piety and corporate identity of the Sikh community. The contemporary debate within the study of religions on the status of scripture as a cross-cultural phenomenon is also addressed.".

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Adi Granth Akal Purakh Amar Das's Amritsar Baba bani Banno text Banno version Basant bhagat bani Bhai Buddha Bhai Gurdas Bhai Mani Singh bhakti Bilaval brahminical canonical century Chandigarh chaunki compilation compositions context copy Damdama version Dasam Granth Dehradun deletion Delhi dhadhi dhrupad dhunis divine grace divine name Ernest Trumpp Farid folio Gatha Giani Gurdit Singh GNDU Goindval pothis Golden Temple Gujari gurbani Gurdwara Gurinder Singh Gurmat Gurmukhi script Guru Amar Das Guru Angad Guru Arjan Guru Gobind Singh Guru Granth Sahib Guru Har Guru Har Rai Guru Hargobind Guru Nanak Guru Nanak Dev Guru Ram Das Guru Tegh Guru Tegh Bahadur Guru's guruship Harbhajan Singh Harimandir Sahib Harjot Oberoi hartal hermeneutics Hindu hymn India instance interpretation Jalandhar Japji Japu Kabir Kanpur karah prasad Kartarpur bir Kartarpur manuscript Kartarpur volume Khalsa Kiratpur kirtan Lahore lord Mahala Maharaja Ranjit Singh Mantar Maru Mira Bai mode Mughal Mul Mantar musical musical modes Muslim Namdev Nanak Dev north India Operation Bluestar original panegyrics Panj Panth Patiala Piar Singh Prithi Chand Punjabi University Qur'an raga Raga-mala Ramakali recension religious sacred sambat sangat Sanskrit sants satguru scribe SGPC shabad Shaikh shaloks Sikh community Sikh Gurus Sikh scripture Sikh Studies Sikh tradition Sikhism Singh Sabha Sri Guru Granth standard version stanza sufi Suhi Surdas textual Textual Criticism Tilang true Guru Udasi Vaishnava Varan verse W.H. McLeod Wilfred Cantwell Smith within the Panth word written

About the author (2000)

Pashaura Singh is at University of Michigan.

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