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The Life of Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708) and the History of the Dasam Granth

Robin Rinehart

in Debating the Dasam Granth

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755066
eISBN:
9780199895182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755066.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter provides a brief account of the life of Guru Gobind Singh, an introduction to each composition within the Dasam Granth, a summary of what is known about the history of the text, a ... More


Introduction

Robin Rinehart

in Debating the Dasam Granth

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755066
eISBN:
9780199895182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755066.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter discusses the controversy surrounding the content and authorship of the Dasam Granth, arguing that the relentless focus on authorship has stalled analysis of the text. The chapter ... More


Debating the Dasam Granth

Robin Rinehart

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755066
eISBN:
9780199895182
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755066.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This book explores a Sikh text attributed to Guru Gobind Singh. Controversy has long surrounded substantial portions of the text that relate tales from Hindu mythology and graphic ... More


Compilation of the Dasam Graṅth

Kamalroop Singh and Gurinder Singh Mann

in The Graṅth of Guru Gobind Singh: Essays, Lectures, and Translations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199458974
eISBN:
9780199086320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458974.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The chapter examines the transmission of the Dasam Graṅth (DG), a subject seldom considered in Sikh studies. Considering the available historical evidence, the chapter dissects the compilation myths ... More


The History of the Ẓafar-nāmah of Guru Gobind Singh

Louis E. Fenech

in Punjab Reconsidered: History, Culture, and Practice

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198078012
eISBN:
9780199080984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078012.003.0025
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter focusses upon one of the most intriguing documents attributed to the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, the Zafar-namah or Epistle of Victory. Written, apparently, as a response to the ... More


Socio-Political Import of Courtly Literature

J.S. Grewal

in Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708): Master of the White Hawk

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780199494941
eISBN:
9780190990398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199494941.003.0006
Subject:
History, Indian History

A few of the compositions of the Dasam Granth represent devotional literature. The Jap Sahib and the Akal Ustat embody Guru Gobind Singh’s conception of God, His omnipotence and omnipresence, unity ... More


The Throne, Warriors, and the Graṅth of Akal

Kamalroop Singh and Gurinder Singh Mann

in The Graṅth of Guru Gobind Singh: Essays, Lectures, and Translations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199458974
eISBN:
9780199086320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458974.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter examines the importance of the primary seat of authority, Sri Akal Takht or the ‘Throne of the Timeless’, by considering its history and purpose. Two chief components—the ceremonial role ... More


Early Narratives of the Last Guru and the Creation of the Khalsa

Purnima Dhavan

in When Sparrows Became Hawks: The Making of the Sikh Warrior Tradition, 1699-1799

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199756551
eISBN:
9780199918881
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756551.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The two earliest surviving narratives of the life of Guru Gobind Singh—Bachitra Natak and the poet Sainapati's Gursobha—have conflicting ideas of Sikh dharam (righteous conduct). Bachitra Natak both ... More


The Apocryphal Compositions of the Dasam Graṅth

Kamalroop Singh and Gurinder Singh Mann

in The Graṅth of Guru Gobind Singh: Essays, Lectures, and Translations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199458974
eISBN:
9780199086320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458974.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The standard Dasam Graṅth (DG) was formulated in 1897 at the Akal Takht, the highest seat of Sikh sovereignty. Some of the oldest manuscripts, however, contain more compositions than the standard ... More


New Perspectives and Sources

J.S. Grewal

in Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708): Master of the White Hawk

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780199494941
eISBN:
9780190990398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199494941.003.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

In recent decades a number of scholars have discussed new issues like Sikh identity, martyrdom in the Sikh tradition, and caste and gender in the Sikh social order. At the same time, new perspectives ... More


The Graṅth of Guru Gobind Singh: Essays, Lectures, and Translations

Kamalroop Singh and Gurinder Singh Mann

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199458974
eISBN:
9780199086320
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458974.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The book offers new insights into the secondary scripture of the Sikhs, Dasam Patshah ka Graṅth or the Graṅth of Guru Gobind Singh. The scripture has in recent times adopted the name of Dasam Graṅth ... More


Literary Articulation (1685–98)

J.S. Grewal

in Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708): Master of the White Hawk

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780199494941
eISBN:
9780190990398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199494941.003.0005
Subject:
History, Indian History

The court of Guru Gobind Singh developed steadily to emerge as a great centre of patronage for poets. The Sikh writers of the eighteenth century provide considerable information on the works produced ... More


Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708): Master of the White Hawk

J.S. Grewal

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780199494941
eISBN:
9780190990398
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199494941.001.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

The unifying theme in the life of Guru Gobind Singh was confrontation with the Mughals, which culminated in a struggle for political power. This fact is brought into sharp focus when we consider the ... More


The Sources of the Sikh Tradition

Doris R. Jakobsh

in Sikhism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835330
eISBN:
9780824870669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835330.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter is an overview of the main textual sources of the Sikh tradition. As noted in the preceding chapter, the Guru Granth Sahib is, at least for mainstream Sikhs, at the center of all ... More


The Development of the Early Sikh Tradition: A Gender Perspective

Doris R. Jakobsh

in Relocating Gender in Sikh History

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679199
eISBN:
9780199081950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679199.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter describes gender construction in the Sikh tradition from the fifteenth to the early eighteenth century. While Guru Nanak grieved the rape of women during the time of Babur, he did not ... More


The Seed of the Khalsa Raj

Kamalroop Singh and Gurinder Singh Mann

in The Graṅth of Guru Gobind Singh: Essays, Lectures, and Translations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199458974
eISBN:
9780199086320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458974.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The Khalsa initiation (khaṅḍe kī pāhul) employs devotional compositions from the Dasam Graṅth (DG), significance of which has been recorded by rahitnāmā literature and discussed in this chapter. The ... More


Political, Social, and Cultural Legacies

J.S. Grewal

in Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708): Master of the White Hawk

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780199494941
eISBN:
9780190990398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199494941.003.0012
Subject:
History, Indian History

A long struggle for political power that culminated in the establishment of Khalsa Raj in the third quarter of the eighteenth century was the most striking legacy of Guru Gobind Singh. Significantly, ... More


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