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

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Anne Murphy offers a groundbreaking 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, Murphy moves further and examines the parallel relationships among sites, texts, and objects. She reveals that objects have played dramatically different roles across regimes-signifers of authority in one, mere possessions in another-and like Sikh texts, which have long been a resource for the construction of Sikh identity, material objects have served as a means of imagining and representing the past.

Murphy's deft and nuanced study of the complex role objects have played and continue to play in Sikh history and memory will be a valuable resource to students and scholars of Sikh history and culture.

About the Author

Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Forms of Sikh Memory

Chapter 2 Sikh Materialities

SECTION 1 The Past in the Sikh Imagination

Chapter 3 Representation of a Community: Literary Sources from the Eighteenth Century

Chapter 4 Into the Nineteenth Century: History and Sovereignty

SECTION 2 Possessing the Past

Chapter 5 A History of Possession

Chapter 6 Colonial Governance and Gurdwara Reform

Chapter 7 Territory and the Definition of Being Sikh

Chapter 8 Conclusion Community, Territory, and the Afterlife of the Object

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199916290
Author:
Murphy, Anne
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Murphy, Ann E.
Subject:
Sikhism
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Other Religions
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Sikhism
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 1 in 1.081 lb

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