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The Materiality of the Past: History and Representation in the Sikh Tradition

Anne Murphy


This book offers an exploration of the material aspects of Sikh identity, showing how material objects, as well as holy sites, and texts, embody and represent the Sikh community as an evolving historical and social construction. Widening traditional scholarly emphasis on holy sites and texts alone to include consideration of iconic objects, such as garments and weaponry, the book moves further and examines the parallel relationships among sites, texts, and objects. It reveals that objects have played dramatically different roles across regimes—signifers of authority in one, mere possessions in ... More

Keywords: Sikh identity, material objects, holy sites, holy texts, Sikh community, historical construction, social construction, regime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199916276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Murphy, author
University of British Columbia

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