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The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority

The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority
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Item Code: IDG086
Author: PASHAURA SINGH
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0195663349
Pages: 318
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
About the Author:

Pashaura Singh is Assistant Professor, Sikh Studies and Punjabi Language at the University of Michigan.

'...a delightful and scholarly book that will no doubt be consulted even after fifty years... [It provides] an analysis of revelation and of sacred scripture as a canon ... It tries to understand the process of canon formation in the Sikh tradition; because of its relevance to other scriptures as well, the interest of this study goes far beyond the Sikh scripture.'

--International Journal of Panjab Studies

About the Book:

The Guru Granth Sahib explores the concept of scripture from the Sikh perspective and seeks to understand the processes of canon formation and those by which meaning and authority are vested in the Adi Granth.

Taking a radically different approach from the dominant mode of textual analysis, Pashaura Singh argues for a plurality of interpretation and the inexhaustible hermeneutic potential of the Adi Granth. He offers a fresh perspective on the role of the Adi Granth as 'Guru' in both the personal as well as the corporate spheres of the Sikh community and discusses the scripture as a cross-cultural phenomenon.

This exciting volume will be useful for specialists in religious, scriptural and Sikh studies, and of immense value for general readers interested in the roots of canonical meaning and authority in the Sikh tradition in particular, and religions in general.

CONTENTS

List of Figuresx
List of Tablesxi
Preface and Acknowledgementsxii
Note on Orthographyxv
Glossaryxvii
SECTION ONE
CANON
1.INTRODUCTION3
Revelation of the Bani and its Verbal Expression7
Transmission of the Bani and Compilation of
the Adi Granth
15
Canon Formation in the Sikh Tradition23
Sikh Studies26
2.A SURVEY OF EARLY MANUSCRIPTS28
Pre-Canonical Stage32
First Canonical Text53
Post-Canonical Traditions61
Final Canonical Text81
Conclusion81
3.TEXTUAL ANALYSIS83
Mul Mantar84
Liturgical Texts90
Guru Nanak's SuhiHymn102
Guru Arjan's TilangHymns106
Guru Arjan's RamakaliHymn114
Conclusion122
4.RAGA ORGANIZATION OF THE ADI GRANTH125
Devotional Music in the Sikh Tradition128
Final Sequence of the Ragas in the Adi Granth136
Selection of Ragas and theRaga-Mala145
Conclusion149
5.GURU ARIAN'S EDITORIAL PERSPECTIVE151
Doctrinal Consistency152
The Ideal of the Balanced Life161
Optimistic Sikh View165
The Inclusive Ideal167
The Concern for Independent Identity174
Conclusion175
6.SCRIPTURAL ADAPTATION IN THE ADI GRANTH:177
Issues of THE BHAGAT BANI177
Collection of the Bhagat Bani179
Selection of the Bhagat Bani188
Conclusion201
7.THE ADI GRANTH TRADITIONS AND
CANON FORMATION
203
Lahore Recension206
Banno Recension212
Damdama Recension222
The Standard Version of the Adi Granth224
Printed Version of the Adi Granth230
Conclusion234
SECTION TWO
MEANING
8.THE MEANING OF GURBANI:
A FOCUS ON HERMENEUTIC TECHNIQUES
239
Major Schools of Scriptural Interpretation242
Recent Trends of Scriptural Interpretation257
Conclusion261
SECTION THREE
AUTHORITY
9.THE GURU GRANTH SAHIB:
THE PLACE OF SCRIPTURE IN THE SIKH TRADITION
265
Oral Experience of the Sikh Scripture267
The Word as Guru271
The Role of the Scripture in Sikh Ceremonies275
The Ultimate Authority278
Conclusion280
10.CONCLUSION282
Bibliography289
Index303

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