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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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The Guru Granth Sahib

The Guru Granth Sahib

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The Making of Sikh Scripture

Gurinder Singh Mann

Oxford University Press

The story of the making of Sikh scripture is brought to the present and its development is situated within a broader historical context. First, the history of the Adi Granth is traced from its inception in the late seventeenth century to the present time. The primary data for this discussion are provided by the extant Sikh scriptural manuscripts compiled between 1700 and the middle of the nineteenth century, when creation of new manuscripts virtually ceased, and the printed editions of the Adi Granth proliferated from 1865 onwards. The focus is then shifted to the issue of the development of scriptural authority within the Sikh community and its evolution is examined in detail. The roles that the text has played and continues to play in the Sikh religious and community life today are considered. The chapter concludes with a brief assessment of future prospects for the role and status of the Adi Granth as the Sikh community (now a world community with adherents all across the globe) enters the twenty‐first century.

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

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