Debating the Dasam Granth (AAR Religions in Translation) by Robin Rinehart PDF

By Robin Rinehart

ISBN-10: 019975506X

ISBN-13: 9780199755066

The Dasam Granth is a 1,428-page anthology of various compositions attributed to the 10th Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh, and a subject matter of significant controversy between Sikhs. the debate stems from significant concerns: a considerable component of the Dasam Granth relates stories from Hindu mythology, suggesting a disconnect from normative Sikh theology; and a protracted composition entitled Charitropakhian tells a number of hundred particularly picture tales approximately illicit liaisons among women and men. Sikhs have debated no matter if the textual content merits prestige as a "scripture" or can be learn in its place as "literature." Sikh students have additionally lengthy debated no matter if Guru Gobind Singh in reality authored the complete Dasam Granth. a lot of the secondary literature at the Dasam Granth makes a speciality of this authorship factor, and regardless of an ever-growing physique of articles, essays, and books (mainly in Punjabi), the controversy has no longer moved ahead. The on hand manuscript and different old facts don't supply conclusive solutions concerning authorship. the talk has been so acrimonious from time to time that during 2000, Sikh chief Joginder Singh Vedanti issued a directive that Sikh students no longer touch upon the Dasam Granth publicly in any respect pending a committee inquiry into the problem. Debating the Dasam Granth is the 1st English language, book-length severe examine of this arguable Sikh textual content in lots of years. in line with learn at the unique textual content within the Brajbhasha and Punjabi languages, a serious analyzing of the secondary literature in Punjabi, Hindi, and English, and interviews with students and Sikh leaders in India, it bargains an intensive creation to the Dasam Granth, its background, debates approximately its authenticity, and an in-depth research of its most crucial compositions.

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