A History of The Sikhs: Volume I: 1469-1839 (Second Edition)

A History of The Sikhs: Volume I: 1469-1839 (Second Edition)

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Book Specification

Item Code: IDG361
Author: Khushwant Singh
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195673085
Pages: 410 (B & W Illus: 4, Figure: 4)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"

Book Description

About the Book:

First published in 1963, this remains the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the Sikhs. The new edition updated to the present recounts the return of the community to the mainstream of national life. Written in Khushwant Singh's trademark style to be accessible to a general, non-scholarly audience, the book is based on scholarly archival research.

Volume I covers the social, religious, and political background which led to the formation of the Sikh faith in the fifteenth century. Basing his account on original documents in Persian, Gurumukhi, and English, the author traces the growth of Sikhism and tells of the compilation of its sacred scriptures in the Granth Sahib.

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.

About the Author:

Khushwant Singh is a renowned journalist, the author of several works of fiction, and an authority on Sikh history. A former editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India (1979-80), and the Hindustan Times (1980-83), he was Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He returned his Padma Bhushan, awarded in 1974, in protest against the Union Government's siege of the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Excerpts from Review:

'the indispensable reference point for---an historical and sociological understanding of the Sikh condition...these volumes are a tribute to [the] capacity for both a sympathetic and a balanced rendition of Sikh history.'

-Times of India

'Singh had done a good job of turning dry history into informed reading.'

-Sunday Mail


Preface to the Second Edition vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments x
1. The Sikh Homeland 3
2. Birth of Sikhism 16
3. Building of the Sikh Church 46
4. The Call to Arms 60
5. From the Pacifist Sikh to the Militant Khalsa 73
6. The Rise and Fall of Banda Bahadur 97
7. Persecution of the Sikhs and the
Reorganization of the Khalsa Army
8. Ahmed Shah Abdali and the Sikhs 126
9. From the Indus to the Ganges 162
10. Rise of the Sukerchakia Misl 179
11. Maharajah of the Punjab 188
12. Suzerain of Malwa 202
13. British Annexation of Malwa:
Treaty of Lahore, 1809
14. Consolidation of the Punjab 224
15. Extinction of Afghan Power in Northern India 238
16. Europeanization of the Army 250
17. Dreams of Sindh and the Sea 259
18. Across the Himalayas to Tibet 269
Appendix 1 Janamsakhis and Other Sources of
Information on the Life of Guru Nanak
Appendix 2 Adi Granth or the Granth Sahib 294
Appendix3 Bhai Gurdas 299
Appendix 4 Dasam Granth 302
Appendix 5 Hymns from the Adi Granth 307
Appendix 6 Treaty of Lahore, 1809 362
Appendix 7 Tripartite Treaty of 1838 364
Bibliography 369
Index 381
between pages 210 and 211
Guru Nanak and His Companions, Mardana and Bala
Guru Gobind Singh, last of the Sikh gurus
between pages 242 and 243
Ranjit Singh, with his favourite Muslim wife,
Bibi Gulbahar Begam
Harimandir, the Golden Temple of the Sikhs
at Amritsar

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