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Guru Nanak’s Life and Legacy

Gurinder Singh Mann

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/9780198078012.003.0030
Guru Nanak’s Life and Legacy

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Taking W.H. McLeod’s Guru Nanak and the Sikh Religion as a point of departure, this chapter critiques the presentation of Guru Nanak as a mystic seeking human liberation that has dominated the scholarship of the previous generation. Based strictly on the information available in early sources, the chapter argues that the Guru founded a new community, an overwhelming majority of which was drawn from nomadic and low-caste Hindu society, provided it a with distinct set of institutional structures, and actively worked toward ensuring its survival after his death.

Keywords: Guru Nanak; scholarship; community; institutional structures; mystic; Hindu

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