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Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization #3: The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendentby Nikky-guninder Kaur Singh
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This work is an original and critical interpretation of Sikh literature from a feminist perspective. It analyzes the rich feminine imagery and symbolism that pervades the divine-human encounter in this literature, and gives a new authenticity to a relatively neglected religious tradition. Nikky Singh shows convincingly that Sikh Gurus and poets did not want the feminine principle to serve just as a figure of speech or literary device, but was intended, rather, to pervade the whole life of the Sikhs. Her work thus reverses an androcentric approach to Sikhism.
A critical interpretation of Sikh literature from a feminist perspective.
An original and critical interpretation of Sikh literature from a feminist perspective.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. The primal paradox: seeing the transcendent; 2. Mother: the infinite Matrix; 3. The bride seeks her groom: an epiphany of interconnections; 4. Durga recalled: transition from mythos to ethos; 5. The maiden weaves: garlands of songs and waves; 6. The woman asks: â€˜What is Life?â€™; 7. Sundari: the paradigm of Sikh ethics; 8. Rani Raj Kaur: the mystical journey; Conclusion; Epilogue; Bibliography.
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