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  • Print publication year: 1991
  • Online publication date: March 2008

Bibliographical essay

Summary
This bibliographical essay presents historical writing and major categories of source materials on the periods of Sikh history, such as Turko-Afghan rule, the Mughal Empire and its disintegration, and British rule and independence. The social situation in the Punjab in particular and in northern India in general during the late fifteenth and the early sixteenth centuries was marked by a great change due to circumstances brought about by the Turko-Afghan rule in the sphere of politics and administration, urban and rural economy, and the sphere of religious and secular culture. For nearly a century now the Sikhs had been nurtured in the belief that Guruship was confined to the family of Guru Ram Das. This is explicitly stated not only in the Bachittar Nātak towards the end of the seventeenth century but also at the beginning in the vārs of Bhai Gurdas.
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The Sikhs of the Punjab
  • Online ISBN: 9781139053365
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521268844
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