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A History of the SikhsVolume 1: 1469-1838$
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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673081

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673081.001.0001

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The Sikh Homeland

The Sikh Homeland

(p.3) 1. The Sikh Homeland
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a detailed description of the Sikh homeland, Punjab. The beginning of the chapter presents a geographical description of the area, including its land forms and boundaries. The climate and landscape of the Punjab is examined, along with the various activities done during the different seasons. A brief description of the settlements and flora and fauna in the area is provided. It also explains of the origin of the name ‘Punjab’, and a discussion of the ancient Indian civilization. Indologists believe that the Indian civilization is one of the oldest in the world, and that the very centre of this civilization was in Punjab. It then looks at the Punjabis and the birth of Punjabi nationalism.

Keywords:   Sikh homeland, climate, landscape, ancient Indian civilization, Punjabis, Punjabi nationalism

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