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The Expansion of the Scriptural Text

Gurinder Singh Mann

in The Making of Sikh Scripture

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195130249
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195130243.003.0004
 The Expansion of the Scriptural Text

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This chapter and Chapters 3 and 5 examine in detail the extant Sikh scriptural manuscripts in relation to the compilation of the Adi Granth (the primary Sikh scripture). Here, an analysis is made of two major manuscripts: MS 1245 (a recently discovered document thought to date from about 1600, which suggests that an intermittent stage separated the compilation of the Goindval Pothis from that of the Kartarpur Pothi) and the Kartarpur Pothi (1604), in order to describe the stage of development of the scriptural text at the turn of the seventeenth century. On the basis of the firm evidence available, the author proposes to modify the traditional characterization of the Kartarpur Pothi as the original attempt at compilation of the Sikh sacred literature (the Adi Granth), as well as existing understanding of its evolution into the canonical text in later history. This, however, poses no challenge to the authenticity of the manuscript.

Keywords: Adi Granth; ancient texts; Goindval Pothis; history; Kartarpur Pothi; religious history; Sikhism

Chapter.  10844 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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