Colonial Governance and Gurdwara Reform

Anne Murphy

in The Materiality of the Past

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916276
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980253 | DOI:
Colonial Governance and Gurdwara Reform

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This chapter examines all-India concerns regarding the management of religious sites, particularly with reference to Hindu temples and Muslim institutions, before turning to the movement for gurdwara reform, with particular attention to the ways in which the case was made for Sikh community governance of Sikh shrines. In the gurdwara context, historical precedent and the ensuing right of the community were invoked, in relation to the codification of the definition of who is a Sikh—a preoccupation of the colonial state in general.

Keywords: Sikh gurdwara; religious sites; Hindu temples; Muslim institutions; Sikh shrines; colonial state

Chapter.  15510 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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