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    Dhadi Darbar Religion, Violence, and the Performance of Sikh History

    ISBN-10: 0195679679
    ISBN-13: 9780195679670
    Author(s): Michael Nijhawan
    Description: The dhadis (or songs sung by minstrels) have exercised considerable influence amongst rural Sikhs, relating martial traditions concerning Guru Hargobind, Guru Gobind Singh, and other Sikh heroes.This book is a historical and anthropological study of  More...
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    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 286
    Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.144
    Language: English

    The dhadis (or songs sung by minstrels) have exercised considerable influence amongst rural Sikhs, relating martial traditions concerning Guru Hargobind, Guru Gobind Singh, and other Sikh heroes.This book is a historical and anthropological study of the dhadi tradition and how it has influenced notions of martyrdom and violence in the Sikh community. The author draws on a wide range of unexplored historical and ethnographical sources on the rhetorical culture in Punjab and argues that religion is an evolving area of social interaction, thus giving rise to narrative linkages between religious and political discourse. He establishes that vernacular traditions of oral narration encouragealternative forms of historical imagination. He analyses performative texts and ethnographic narratives at critical junctures in colonial and postcolonial Punjab and demonstrates the different ways in which this genre has become related to agendas of religious and political identity formation intwentieth century Punjab.This volume will be useful reading for students and scholars of Sikh studies, sociologists, historians and general readers.

    Cultural geography and the Dhadi past
    Sikh religious aesthetics and the gendered Dhadi voice
    A new Dhadi subject in colonial Punjab
    The event as monument : reading Saka Shahidganj
    The vicissitudes of partition memory : literary genres and the Dhadi voice
    Realignments of agency : Dhadi rhetoric and the martyr image
    Interpellated subjects and formation of the Dhadi Sabha
    The making of a border genre
    Saka Shahidganj
    Dhadi performative style
    Instrumentation
    Glossary of Punjabi terms

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