Scope, Sources, and Debate about Dates
Placing the eighteenth-century Sikh history in the context of recent advancements in historiography, Sikh Studies, and other fields, the Introduction spells out the scope of the present study. All the major aspects of the history of the Sikhs—ideological, political, social, doctrinal, institutional, ethical, literary, and artistic—are presented as more or less interrelated. The major categories of sources and the debate about dates of the ones in Gurmukhi are also discussed. By now, the scholarly understanding about the dates of several of these contemporary works has changed, with significant implications for the eighteenth century in Sikh history. The Introduction places the contemporary Sikh sources in the early, middle, and later phases of the century.
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