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An Idea of Religion

Anne Murphy

in Punjab Reconsidered

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198078012
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080984 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078012.003.0028
An Idea of Religion

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This chapter explores one exemplary portrayal of the death of the ninth guru of the Sikh tradition, Guru Tegh Bahadur, in the mid- to late-eighteenth century account of the life of the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, by Kuir Singh, entitled gurbilās patshāhi das. The essay explores how the idea of religion has been imagined and expressed through the portrayal of this important incident in Sikh history. Particular attention is paid to how the religious difference is described and standards for comparison between religions are articulated, suggesting the comparability/commensurability of religious traditions and, therefore, an underlying common notion of the religious that supplies grounds for comparison. It also discusses the issue of conversion.

Keywords: conversion; religious difference; gurbilas; Guru Tegh Bahadur; Guru Gobind Singh; commensurability; religious traditions; Sikh history

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