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The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

Pashaura Singh


This book examines three closely related questions in the process of canon formation in the Sikh tradition: how the text of the Adi Granth came into being, the meaning of gurbani, and how the Adi Granth became the Guru Granth Sahib. The censure of scholarly research on the Adi Granth was closely related to the complex political situation of Punjab and brought the whole issue of academic freedom into sharper focus. This book addresses some of these issues from an academic perspective. The Adi Granth, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs, means ‘first religious book’ (from the word ‘adi’ which mean ... More

Keywords: Adi Granth, Sikh tradition, Guru Granth Sahib, gurbani, scripture, bani, revelation, Guru Nanak, Guru Arjan, canon formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195663341
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pashaura Singh, author
University of Michigan