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The Making of Sikh Scripture$
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Gurinder Singh Mann

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195130243.001.0001

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Toward the Adi Granth

Toward the Adi Granth

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The Making of Sikh Scripture

Gurinder Singh Mann

Oxford University Press

This chapter and the two previous chapters examine in detail the extant Sikh scriptural manuscripts in relation to the compilation of the Adi Granth (the primary Sikh scripture). Here, an analysis is made of the seventeenth‐century manuscripts in order to reconstruct the history of the text up to the compiling of the Adi Granth in the l680s. The existing classification of these manuscripts is examined and a modified picture of their mutual relationships proposed. Next, the Adi Granth itself is addressed, and its production is reconstructed in a way that radically revises the current understanding of the surrounding time and circumstances, as well as the relationship between its contents and those of textural antecedents, such as the Kartarpur Pothi (described in the last chapter) and other seventeenth‐century manuscripts.

Keywords:   Adi Granth, ancient texts, history, Kartarpur Pothi, religious history, Sikhism

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