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Debating the Dasam Granth$
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Robin Rinehart

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755066.001.0001

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(p.150) Conclusion
Debating the Dasam Granth

Robin Rinehart (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter explores how scholars have sought to categorize the different compositions within the Dasam Granth and argues that previous models are inadequate, proposing instead to read the text as an example of the courtly anthology that addresses the purusharthas, or human aims. The chapter analyzes the usage of key terms such as dharma, Purana, and Tantra both in the Dasam Granth and in analyses of the texts, arguing that previous analyses that have sought to interpret Hindu concepts within the Dasam Granth have done so using flawed definitions of those concepts. The chapter suggests that the Dasam Granth represents a critical stage in the evolution of Sikhism as a distinct religious community and that its concern with the nature of both spiritual and worldly leadership may account for its popularity in the Sikh kingdoms.

Keywords:   courtly anthology, purusharthas, dharma, Purana, Tantra, Sikh kingdoms

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