Written over the last two decades, this collection addresses major issues concerning the Sikhs, even as Hew McLeod traces an eventful and rewarding life in Sikh studies.
Examining the fundamental difference between historical sources and traditions, McLeod discusses Sikh hagiography. He presents an analysis of the Jap Sahib of Guru Gobind Singh along with a translation. He looks into various aspects of the Khalsa Rahit—its history, the evolution of the Five Ks, rahit-namas, especially the problems associated with their study, and the legend of the enigmatic Banda Bahadur.
He delves into the Sikh identity— what defines a Sikh and changing notions of what it means to be a Sikh. Various facets of Sikh society like observance of caste, the place of women, and wearing of the turban are explored. He investigates the story of Sikh migration to Australia and New Zealand, the earliest such settlements, from the first immigrants in the 1860s till the present day. There is also extensive discussion on Sikh art and literature including the Adi Granth, the janam-sakhis, and the works of Bhai Gurdas and Bhai Nandlal among others.
A detailed introduction provides an overview of Sikh studies today and places the essays in context.
About The Author:W.H. McLeod Emeritus Professor at the University of Otago and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Renowned for his contribution to Sikh studies, especially Sikh history, religion, and sociology, his many publications include Sikhs and Sikhism (Omnibus, 1999), Exploring Sikhism (2000), Sikhs of the Khalsa (2003), and Prem Sumarag (2006).
|Book:||Essays In Sikh History, Tradition, And Society|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
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