The Sikhs of the Punjab

The Sikhs of the Punjab

Paperback New Cambridge History of India

By (author) J. S. Grewal, Series edited by Gordon Johnson, Series edited by C. a. Bayly, Series edited by John F. Richards

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 26mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 24 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521637643
  • ISBN 13: 9780521637640
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 1 b/w illus. 9 maps
  • Sales rank: 931,824

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In a revised edition of his original book, J. S. Grewal brings the history of the Sikhs from its beginnings in the time of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, right up to the present day. Against the background of the history of the Punjab, the volume surveys the changing pattern of human settlements in the region until the fifteenth century and the emergence of the Punjabi language as the basis of regional articulation. Subsequent chapters explore the life and beliefs of Guru Nanak, the development of his ideas by his successors and the growth of his following. The book offers a comprehensive statement on one of the largest and most important communities in India today.

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'... simply the best, most clearly written, and most useful one-volume historical survey of the subject that currently is available.' Religious Studies Review '... a valuable text for students who wish to study Sikh history, and fundamental reading for scholars of South Asian history and religion.' The Journal of Asian Studies 'A timely publication which the rulers in Delhi would do well to read.' The Hindu

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The Turko-Afghan rule; 2. Foundation of the Sikh Panth; 3. Evolution of the Sikh Panth (1539-1606); 4. Transformation of the Sikh Panth (1606-1708); 5. Rise to political power (1708-1799); 6. The Sikh empire (1799-1848); 7. Recession and resurgence (1849-1919); 8. In the struggle for freedom (1920-1947); 9. Towards the 'Punjab-Province' (1947-1966); 10. In the new Punjab state (1966-1984); Epilogue; Appendices.