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Doris R. Jakobsh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835330

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835330.001.0001

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Sikh History

Sikh History

(p.8) Chapter 2 Sikh History

Doris R. Jakobsh

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter turns to the history of Sikhism. It begins with a discussion on the complexities of writing the history of a religious community and presents its history in the form of anecdotes of key members of the movement. In an attempt to offer readers a glimpse into the richness of Sikh history and its early development, based largely on janamsakhi sources, this chapter presents in some cases differing versions of a particular incident. The chapter thus features some marvelous stories associated with the founder of Sikhism in the fifteenth century and concludes with the momentous election of India’s first Sikh prime minister in 2004.

Keywords:   Sikh history, janamsakhi, Sikh anecdotes, Guru Nanak, Sikhism

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