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Title Sikh Art and Literature
Author Kerry Brown
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2002-09-11
Category Religion
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9781134631360
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sikh Art and Literature traverses the 500-year history of a religion that dawned with the modern age in a land that was a thoroughfare of invading armies, ideas and religions and arts of the East and West. Essays by art curators, historians and collectors and religion and literary scholars are illustrated with some of the earliest and finest Sikh paintings. Sikh modernism and mysticism is explored in essays on the holy Guru Granth Sahib; the translations and writings of the British Raj convert, M.A. Macauliffe; the fathers of modern Punjabi literature, Bhai Vir Singh and Puran Singh; and the 20th century fiction writers Bhai Mohan Vaid Singh and Khushwant Singh. Excerpts from journals of visitors to the court of the diminutive and new translations of early twentieth century poetry add depth and originality to this beautiful and accessible introduction to the art, literature, beliefs and history of the Sikhs. Illustrated throughout with 42 colour and 92 black and white images, Sikh Art and Literature is a colourful, heartfelt, and informative introduction to the Sikh culture.

Title Sikh Art and Literature
Author Kerry Brown
Publisher Psychology Press
Release Date 1999
Category Religion
Total Pages 217
ISBN 0415202884
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sikh Art and Literature traverses the 500-year history of a religion that dawned with the modern age in a land that was a thoroughfare of invading armies, ideas and religions and arts of the East and West. Essays by art curators, historians and collectors and religion and literary scholars are illustrated with some of the earliest and finest Sikh paintings. Sikh modernism and mysticism is explored in essays on the holy Guru Granth Sahib; the translations and writings of the British Raj convert, M.A. Macauliffe; the fathers of modern Punjabi literature, Bhai Vir Singh and Puran Singh; and the 20th century fiction writers Bhai Mohan Vaid Singh and Khushwant Singh. Excerpts from journals of visitors to the court of the diminutive and new translations of early twentieth century poetry add depth and originality to this beautiful and accessible introduction to the art, literature, beliefs and history of the Sikhs. Illustrated throughout with 42 colour and 92 black and white images, Sikh Art and Literature is a colourful, heartfelt, and informative introduction to the Sikh culture.

Title Sikh Art and Literature
Author Kerry Brown
Publisher Psychology Press
Release Date 1999
Category Religion
Total Pages 217
ISBN 0415202892
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sikh Art and Literature introduces Sikhism through its rich artistic culture. Using an assembly of rare imagery and literature, we are given the chance to explore the fruitful world of the Sikhs.

In Pursuit Of Empire by Davinder Toor

Title In Pursuit of Empire
Author Davinder Toor
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018
Category Sikh art
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1911271032
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Two centuries ago, Punjab's Sikh ruling elite lavishly patronised artists and craftsmen to enhance the extraordinary splendour of their flourishing empire. A sumptuous array of objects fit for Sikh kings, queens, warriors and saints were produced by skilled artisans to reflect a vibrant and potent new power on the world's stage. By the mid-19th century, the Sikh kingdom had met its demise at the hands of the British Empire. With the loss of Sikh patronage, artistic production switched to serve the tastes of the new colonial rulers, bringing to an end a unique cultural endeavour. Over the next century and a half, original Sikh artefacts gradually dispersed across the globe, often as official gifts, prized auction purchases and also as loot. Some of these remnants of empire ended up in institutional collections, while others were bartered and sold by collectors. Through the remarkable achievements of one such collector who pursued his passion to create the world's finest private collection of Sikh art, this book reveals the lasting legacy of the Sikh Empire.

The Sikh Art by Paul Michael Taylor

Title The Sikh Art
Author Paul Michael Taylor
Publisher Roli Books
Release Date 2021-09-13
Category
Total Pages 320
ISBN 8194969123
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This volume brings together leading scholars of Sikhism and of Sikh art to assess and interpret the remarkable art resource known as the Kapany Collection, using it to introduce to a broad public the culture, history, and ethos of the Sikhs. Fifteen renowned scholars contributed essays describing the passion and vision of Narinder and Satinder Kapany in assembling this unparalleled assemblage of great Sikh art, some of which has been displayed in exhibitions around the globe. The Kapanys' legacy of philanthropic work includes establishing the Sikh Foundation (now celebrating its 50th year) and university endowments for Sikh studies. Through this profusely illustrated book's chapters, scholars examine the full range of Sikh artistic expression and of Sikh history and cultural life, using artworks from the Kapany Collection.

Title The Jail Notebook and Other Writings
Author Bhupendra Hooja
Publisher LeftWord Books
Release Date 2007
Category India
Total Pages 191
ISBN 9788187496724
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bhagat Singh spent the last two years of his life in jail, awaiting execution. During this time, he and his comrades fought one of the most celebrated court battles in the annals of national liberation struggles, and used the court as a vehicle for the propagation of their revolutionary message. They also struggled against the inhuman conditions in the colonial jail, and faced torture and pain. Their heroism made them icons and figures of inspiration for generations to come.All this is well-known. What is not so well-known is that Bhagat Singh wrote four books in jail. Although they were smuggled out, they were destroyed and are lost forever. What survived was a Notebook that the young martyr kept in jail, full of notes and jottings from what he was reading.In the year of his birth centenary, LeftWord is proud to present his Notebook in an elegant edition. This edition has been checked against the copy preserved in the National Archives of India. The Notebook is richly annotated by Bhupender Hooja; and the annotations have been revised and updated for this edition.Also included are the most important texts that Bhagat Singh wrote in jail, Chaman Lal?s lucid introduction, the New York Daily Worker's reports and Periyar's editorial on the hanging.

First Raj Of The Sikhs by Harish Dhillon

Title First Raj of the Sikhs
Author Harish Dhillon
Publisher Hay House, Inc
Release Date 2013-05-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 172
ISBN 9789381398395
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Banda Singh Bahadur appeared in Sikh history for a relatively short period (1708-1716) but, after the Sikh gurus, influenced it more significantly than any other individual. Banda Singh Bahadur is among the most colourful and fascinating characters in Sikh history. From an ascetic he was transformed into Guru Gobind Singh’s most trusted disciple. So much so that when the seriously injured guru could not lead his Sikh army against the Mughal forces, he appointed Banda Singh Bahadur as his deputy. As proof of this appointment he gave Banda his sword, a mighty bow, arrows from his own quiver, his battle standard and his war drum. Banda rode out from Nanded (where Guru Gobind Singh passed away; now in Maharashtra) at the head of a small band of Sikhs, which, by the time it reached the Punjab, had grown into a formidable army. Over the next few years his exploits against the Mughal rulers, both in pitched battles and in skirmishes, became the stuff of legends. He became the first of many legendary Sikh generals, famous both for their personal heroic courage and their skill in warfare. His many encounters with the Mughal rulers eroded the very foundation of the Mughal empire and ensured its quick demise. As he said when questioned on what he had achieved: ‘I have ensured that never again will the crown sit easily on the Mughal emperor’s head.’ He also prepared the coming generations of Sikhs for future conflicts, which later greatly helped Maharaja Ranjit Singh in creating a Sikh empire. Banda was a true leader who led from the front, not only in the battlefield but also in civil administration. He established a secular government which swept aside 700 years of slavery and the myth of domination by foreign powers, proclaimed freedom of worship, allowed the people to follow professions of their choice and stopped forcible marriages even while recovering abducted women for return to their families. His land revolution abolished zamindari in parts of North India, thereby redistributing land equally amongst the tillers. This book seeks to tell the story of this remarkable and brave man and his equally remarkable ahievements. Perhaps, the finest of Banda Singh Bahadur’s biographies.

Title The Cherished Five in Sikh History
Author Louis E. Fenech
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date 2021
Category History
Total Pages 312
ISBN 9780197532843
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Despite the centrality of this group to modern Sikhism, scholarship on the Panj Piare has remained sparse. Louis Fenech's new book examines the Khalsa and the role that the Panj Piare have had in the development of the Sikh faith over the past three centuries.

Title The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies
Author Pashaura Singh
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release Date 2014-03-27
Category Religion
Total Pages 656
ISBN 9780191004117
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies innovatively combines the ways in which scholars from fields as diverse as philosophy, psychology, religious studies, literary studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics have integrated the study of Sikhism within a wide range of critical and postcolonial perspectives on the nature of religion, violence, gender, ethno-nationalism, and revisionist historiography. A number of essays within this collection also provide a more practical dimension, written by artists and practitioners of the tradition. The Handbook is divided into eight thematic sections that explore different 'expressions' of Sikhism. Historical, literary, ideological, institutional, and artistic expressions are considered in turn, followed by discussion of Sikhs in the Diaspora, and of caste and gender in the Panth. Each section begins with an essay by a prominent scholar in the field, providing an overview of the topic. Further essays provide detail and further treat the fluid, multivocal nature of both the Sikh past and the present. The Handbook concludes with a section considering future directions in Sikh Studies.

Garland Around My Neck by Patwant Singh

Title Garland Around My Neck
Author Patwant Singh
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2001
Category Amritsar (India)
Total Pages 173
ISBN STANFORD:36105025859708
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Garland Around My Neck Is The Riveting Story Of A Rare Humanist Whose Passionate Concerns Gave Dignity And Hope To Thousands Of Men And Women. In The Annals Of Twentieth-Century Punjab---Or The Whole Of India For That Matter---There Are Few Who Embodied The Range, Resoluteness And Rigorous Self-Discipline In Life As Puran Singh (1904--92) Did. A Barefoot Colossus Who Strode The Country Or At Least 88 Years Of It He Left A Legacy Of Concern And Compassion For Not Only India S Neglected Social Strata, But Also For The Environment: From The Vanishing Tree Cover To The Increasingly Polluted Air And Water, And For Animals On Whom He Lavished The Same Love. This Remarkable Man S Incredible Journey Through Life Is Movingly Portrayed And The Gripping Narrative Is Given A Wholly New Dimension By A Unique Collection Of Photographs.

The Sikh Heritage by Dalvir Pannu

Title The Sikh Heritage
Author Dalvir Pannu
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-08-31
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1733293701
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Sikh Heritage: Beyond Borders dedicates one chapter each to the 84 sites that it documents, transporting readers to the past by narrating the detailed history of each marvel that the author and his team photographed throughout Pakistan. This book is the culmination of decade-long fieldwork of finding and exploring the heritage sites, alongside analyzing multiple Janamsakhis (hagiography accounts). The author's process of doing extensive analysis and cross-referencing with other sources enables readers to comprehend Sikh history, by posing inquiries, applying critical thinking, and investigating hundreds of sources. He includes a multitude of primary sources and Gurmukhi inscriptions, translated into English, to increase local and international heritage-lovers' under­standing of these sites and to help preserve their beauty and histories through his writing.

Sikh Identity by Opinderjit Kaur Takhar

Title Sikh Identity
Author Opinderjit Kaur Takhar
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2016-12-05
Category Religion
Total Pages 232
ISBN 9781351900102
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is commonly assumed that all Sikhs are the same, but the very existence of different groups who have varying beliefs and practices within the Sikh community shows that a corporate identity for the Sikh community is not possible and serves to alienate a substantial proportion of Sikhs from the overall fold of the Sikh faith. Introducing the beliefs and practices of a range of individual Sikh groups, this book addresses the issue of Sikh identity across the Sikh community as a whole but from the viewpoint of different types of Sikh. Examining the historical development of Sikhism from the period of Guru Nanak to the present day, the author takes an in-depth look at five groups in the Sikh community - the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha; the Namdharis; the Ravidasis; the Valmikis; and the Sikh Dharma of the Western hemisphere (associated with the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization - 3HO). Their history, beliefs and practices are explored, as well as their diverse and shared identities. Concluding that there is no authoritative yardstick with which to assess the issue of Sikh identity, the author highlights Sikhism's links to its Hindu past and suggests a federal Sikh identity with one or two fundamental beliefs at the core and individual groups left to express their own unique beliefs and practices.

Title Bed time stories Guru Gobind Singh ji
Author Santokh Singh Jagdev
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1995
Category Bilingual books
Total Pages 80
ISBN 1872580203
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On Sikh gurus, saints, and warriors; for children.

The First Sikh by Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

Title The First Sikh
Author Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
Publisher Penguin Random House India Private Limited
Release Date 2019-11-22
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9789353057107
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this highly accessible and comprehensive biography, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh deftly mines the available sources to construct a vivid and complex account of Guru Nanak's life and legacy, his personality and background, the pluralistic world he lived in, his teachings and philosophy, and even the manner in which he has been understood by believers and scholars over time. What emerges is a majestic and magisterial portrait of a great enlightener who not only founded one of the world's major religions but whose singular message of unity and hope has endured centuries after he first walked the earth. The First Sikh unites rigorous scholarship with a deep love for the subject, offering fascinating insights into Guru Nanak's life and times even as it explores key facets of Sikhism. Moreover, it shows us how Guru Nanak continues to remain relevant in a twenty-first-century reality.

Teachings Of The Sikh Gurus by Christopher Shackle

Title Teachings of the Sikh Gurus
Author Christopher Shackle
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2013-07-04
Category Religion
Total Pages 216
ISBN 9781136451089
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Recognized masterpieces of Indian literature, the Guru Granth Sahib and the Dasam Granth are fundamental to the Sikh religion, not only in the physical layout of temples and in ceremonies of worship, but as infallible reference texts offering counsel and instruction. Teachings of the Sikh Gurus presents a brand new selection of key passages from these sacred scriptures, translated into modern English by leading experts, Christopher Shackle and Arvind-pal Singh Mandair. Including six longer compositions and many shorter hymns thematically organised by topics such as Time and Impermanence, Self and Mind, Authority, and Ethics, the book’s accessible and carefully chosen extracts distil the essence of Sikhism’s remarkable textual and intellectual legacy, depicting how its message of universal tolerance suits the contemporary world. The detailed introduction and notes to the translations aid readers’ comprehension of the hymns’ form and content, as well as providing some historical context, making it an ideal introduction to Sikh literature.

Title Maharaja Ranjit Singh the Last to Lay Arms
Author Kartar Singh Duggal
Publisher Abhinav Publications
Release Date 2001
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 152
ISBN 8170174104
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Life and times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Punjab, 1780-1839.

The Dasam Granth by Gobind Singh (Guru)

Title The Dasam Granth
Author Gobind Singh (Guru)
Publisher Munshirm Manoharlal Pub Pvt Limited
Release Date 2005
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 599
ISBN UOM:39015064768545
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sacred work of the Sikhs, attributed to Guru Gobind Singh, 1666-1708.

Title International Bibliography of Sikh Studies
Author Rajwant Singh Chilana
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date 2006-01-16
Category Religion
Total Pages 582
ISBN 9781402030444
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The International Bibliography of Sikh Studies brings together all books, composite works, journal articles, conference proceedings, theses, dissertations, project reports, and electronic resources produced in the field of Sikh Studies until June 2004, making it the most complete and up-to-date reference work in the field today. One of the youngest religions of the world, Sikhism has progressively attracted attention on a global scale in recent decades. An increasing number of scholars is exploring the culture, history, politics, and religion of the Sikhs. The growing interest in Sikh Studies has resulted in an avalanche of literature, which is now for the first time brought together in the International Bibliography of Sikh Studies. This monumental work lists over 10,000 English-language publications under almost 30 subheadings, each representing a subfield in Sikh Studies. The Bibliography contains sections on a wide variety of subjects, such as Sikh gurus, Sikh philosophy, Sikh politics and Sikh religion. Furthermore, the encyclopedia presents an annotated survey of all major scholarly work on Sikhism, and a selective listing of electronic and web-based resources in the field. Author and subject indices are appended for the reader’s convenience.

Sikh Heritage by Sondeep Shankar

Title Sikh Heritage
Author Sondeep Shankar
Publisher Roli Books
Release Date 2019-11
Category Sikh architecture
Total Pages 216
ISBN 8193984609
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sikh Heritage, with a foreword by Hardeep Sigh Puri, is a succinct and delightfully photographed glimpse into the community's religion, its ten gurus, its temples, traditional systems of governance, history, architecture, and the famous Golden Temple. This book traces the history of the valor and devotion of the Sikh community, which forms less than 1 per cent of India's one billion population, yet produces over 50 per cent of the country's food reserves. Despite the brutal assaults of history faced by the Sikh community - such as the partition of Punjab - they still maintain the merit of their heritage. Looks at how the thriving Sikh diaspora has spread across the globe; and how they always took the words of the gurus with them wherever they went. This work has captured the relics that have borne witness to the establishment of the Sikh community and identity. Most of these heritage objects associated with the gurus are in private collections or in gurdwaras. A photographic documentation of the Sikh historicity through objects both in time and space, such as the beautifully captured images of Takhats or temporal seats of the Sikhs, portray a unique relationship between the edifice and the Sikhs - thus, each photograph is a story in itself. This new approach aims at the conception of Sikh heritage not only as the sacred masterpieces of the past to be valued and conserved, but also as emblematic and living spaces to be appropriated by the local communities who are the bearers of a rich and active collective memory.

Title The Illustrated History of the Sikhs
Author Khushwant Singh
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006
Category History
Total Pages 278
ISBN UOM:39015069128034
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This pictorial edition of A History of the Sikhs has updated and edited the most comprehensive two-volume book on the community. Written in Khushwant Singh's trademark style to be accessible to a general audience, it is based on scholarly archival research of original documents in Persian, Gurmukhi, and English. It examines the social, religious, and political background that led to the formation of the Sikh faith in the fifteenth century. The transformation of the Sikhs from a pacifist sect to a militant group called the Khalsa led by Guru Gobind Singh is portrayed in detail, as is the relationship of the Sikhs with the Mughals and the Afghans, until the consolidation of Sikh power under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The continuing Sikh struggle for survival as a separate community marked by the demand for a distinct Sikh state is chronicled, until the events leading up to and following Operation Blue Star when the Indian army entered the Golden Temple. This edition includes an epilogue that analyzes events following the end of terrorism in Punjab and the achievement of the community's aspirations, never more visible than in the elevation of a Sikh to the country's Prime Ministership.