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Punjab Reconsidered: History, Culture, and Practice

Anshu Malhotra and Farina Mir


This interdisciplinary volume seeks to consider the notion of ‘Punjabiyat’, a loosely defined term often used to describe a sentiment of belonging or attachment to Punjab and/or the foundations of a shared, cross-religious, cross-caste, cross-class culture. It takes as its starting point the question of whether, despite political, social, religious—indeed, historical—differences, there are notions of ‘Punjabiyat’/Punjabiness that constitute the Punjab as a region conceptually in history, culture, and practice. The essays in this volume each examine a different Punjabi culture—language-based an ... More

Keywords: Punjab, Punjabiyat, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, belonging, attachment, culture, historiography, cultural history

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198078012
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anshu Malhotra, editor
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi, Delhi

Farina Mir, editor
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Part I Literary Cultures and Language Politics

Part II Texts, Contexts, and Religious Identities

4 An Idea of Religion

Anne Murphy†

5 Guru Nanak’s Life and Legacy

Gurinder Singh Mann†

Part III Religious Cultures: Marginal, Popular, Controversial

6Brotherhood of the Pure

Harjot Oberoi

Part IV Colonialism: Rural and Urban Cultures

Part V Cosmopolitanisms: Historical and Contemporary

13 Bhagat Singh

Simona Sawhney†

14 Post-Partition Pluralism

Anna Bigelow†

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