Saturday, 19 July 2014

Sikh Studies Conference 2014: Dasam Granth: A historical perspective of the Khalsa from Eighteenth Century texts.


Dasam Granth: A historical perspective of the Khalsa from Eighteenth Century texts.

‘the Dasam Granth shared with the Adi Granth the status of the Guru Granth. There can be no doubt that for the early Khalsa it was a revealed scripture.’

W.H. Mcleod, Sikhs of the Khalsa: A history of the Khalsa Rahit, India: OUP, 2005. p. 54.

The main focus of research on the scripture Dasam Granth (Dasven Patshah Ka Granth) has centred on the authenticity of the text. This focus has blurred the importance the scripture holds not only for Sikhs but also the historical context of the compositions. The Granth can be discussed by considering manuscripts and by the praxis in Khalsa rituals. Mcleod (2005), states that the early Khalsa viewed the Dasam Granth as a revealed scripture. As a result this paper considers eighteenth century sources; and the historical aspects of the Guru Gobind Singh’s life in relation to his compositions.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sikh scholar discusses the history of the Akali Nihangs


New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester on 13th July 2014 hosted a lecture on the Akali Nihangs. This was part of the exhibition: SikhFortress Turban running until 17th August 2014.