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‘Divine Presence’ in History and Memory: the Life of Guru Arjan

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

Guru Arjan was fully immersed in the teachings of the Gurus, tutored to acknowledge the Divine Presence, from the time of his birth. This chapter reconstructs Guru Arjan's life — in history and ... More


A Survey of Early Manuscripts

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663341
eISBN:
9780199080694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The compilation of the Adi Granth apparently commenced much earlier than generally assumed and continued throughout Guru Arjan's period of guruship. Guru Nanak probably prepared a pothi of his own ... More


Halemī Rāj—A Parallel Dispensation: Guru Arjan

J.S. Grewal

in History, Literature, and Identity: Four Centuries of Sikh Tradition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198070740
eISBN:
9780199080427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070740.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

Guru Arjan’s bānī is composed in thirty Rāgs and forms almost two-fifths of the Gurū Granth Sāhib. The best known composition is the Sukhmanī (Jewel of Bliss), which deals with the bliss that comes ... More


The Martyrdom Of Guru Arjan

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

Guru Arjan's execution by Mughal authorities is the most controversial issue in Sikh history. Most historians of Mughal India look at this event from a political angle, while most Sikh scholars view ... More


Textual Analysis

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663341
eISBN:
9780199080694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter describes the use of textual analysis to reconstruct the history of the Adi Granth by focusing on how the text came into being. It also examines the editing and recasting of certain ... More


The Teachings of Guru Arjan

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

Guru Arjan's numerous works in the Adi Granth offer clues about his teachings. His most important work is Sukhmani (‘The Pearl of Peace’ or ‘Peace of Mind’), a lengthy composition that focuses on the ... More


The Adi Granth: Fixing the Divine Word

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter reconstructs the history of the compilation of the Adi Granth. It looks at the interactions between the Mughal and the Sikh traditions and examines the place of certain early manuscripts ... More


The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

Pashaura Singh

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663341
eISBN:
9780199080694
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This book examines three closely related questions in the process of canon formation in the Sikh tradition: how the text of the Adi Granth came into being, the meaning of gurbani, and how the Adi ... More


Guru Arjan’s Editorial Perspective

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663341
eISBN:
9780199080694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter explores how Guru Arjan's editorial insights enabled him to produce the first canonical text of the Adi Granth in 1604. It shows that Guru Arjan applied meticulous standards to give the ... More


‘Sacred’ City and the ‘Divine Court’: the Darbar Sahib

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The Harimandir Sahib, also known as Darbar Sahib or ‘the Divine Court’, is the central place of Sikh worship and conveys the sense of majesty that emanates from the entire temple complex. The ... More


Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Pashaura Singh

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This book presents a scholarly treatment of the life and work of Guru Arjan (1563–1606), the fifth Guru of the Sikhs. First, it discusses the theoretical framework of a religious biography, and ... More


Narrating the Person: Images of the Guru

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This study has reconstructed Guru Arjan's life based upon history, memory, tradition, and mythic representation. By using a multidisciplinary approach and placing documentary evidence in the light of ... More


Scriptural Adaptation in The Adi Granth: Issues of the Bhagat Bani

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663341
eISBN:
9780199080694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter examines the place of the hymns of non-Sikh bhagats in the Adi Granth, focusing on the doctrinal issues arising from the inclusion of the bhagat bani in the Sikh scripture. It also looks ... More


The Adi Granth Traditions and Canon Formation

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663341
eISBN:
9780199080694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter discusses the origins of the Adi Granth traditions in the light of the situation of the Sikh Panth in the seventeenth century. It shows that the process of canon formation in the Sikh ... More


Crystallization of a Religious Tradition: The Sikh Panth

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

Wilfred Cantwell Smith argues that it is somehow incorrect to refer to Guru Nanak as ‘the founder of Sikhism’. This chapter shows that the pattern of development and consolidation of the Sikh Panth ... More


Situating the Guru in Indian History

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter focuses on Guru Arjan and his place in Indian history. It traces the historical origins of the Sikh tradition and looks at the social and political milieu of Guru Nanak's early life. It ... More


To Be a Sikh King

Priya Atwal

in Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197548318
eISBN:
9780197554593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197548318.003.0002
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter provides a sense of the political, cultural and intellectual context in which Ranjit Singh was able to claim the title of ‘Maharajah’. It examines the development of ‘Sikh’ ideas about ... More


Conclusion

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663341
eISBN:
9780199080694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The conclusion summarizes the topics discussed in various chapters. The formation of the Sikh canon is a process that began with the use of Guru Nanak's hymns in Sikh liturgy at Kartarpur during the ... More


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