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Title

The History of the Z{dot below}afar-nāmah of Guru Gobind Singh

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Aurangzeb, Dasam granth, Guru gobind singh, Islamicate, Persian, Sikh scripture, Zafar-namah

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Punjab Reconsidered: History, Culture, and Practice

Abstract

This chapter focusses upon one of the most intriguing documents attributed to the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, the Zafar-namah or Epistle of Victory. Written, apparently, as a response to the Emperor Aurangzeb's treachery in early 1705 the Zafar-namah is one of the few Sikh texts prepared in Persian and included within the controversial Sikh canon, the Dasam Granth. The preparation of this text and its inclusion within Sikh scripture allows us to more fully understand the Islamicate background of the Sikh tradition.

Original Publication Date

9-20-2012

DOI of published version

10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078012.003.0025

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