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Vehicles to the Past: The Sources

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679212
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0003
Vehicles to the Past: The Sources

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This chapter examines the nature and scope of primary and secondary sources available in the reconstruction of the life and work of Guru Arjan. These sources may be divided into two categories: contemporary and near-contemporary sources, and traditional sources from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Belonging to the first category are the Adi Granth, the primary scripture of the Sikhs; the works of Bhai Gurdas (ca. 1558–1637), who acted as Guru Arjan's amanuensis during the final recording of the Adi Granth text; the Bahoval Pothi; Dabistan-i-Mazahib (‘School of Religions’), a mid-seventeenth century work in Persian; and Guru Arjan's religious discourses found in two old manuscripts known as Pothi Bibi Rup Kaur and Granth Bhai Painda (or Pahinda). There are three major Sikh chronicles of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: Bansavalinama Dasan Patishahian Ka, Mahima Prakash by Sarup Das Bhalla, and Suraj Prakash or Gur Partap Suray by Santokh Singh.

Keywords: Bhai Gurdas; Bahoval Pothi; Dabistan-i-Mazahib; Pothi Bibi Rup Kaur; Granth Bhai Painda; Mahima Prakash; Sarup Das Bhalla; Suraj Prakash; Santokh Singh; Bansavalinama Dasan Patishahian Ka

Chapter.  15272 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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