A Reconstruction of SIkh History from Sikh Literature
by Surjit Hans
Published by ABS Publications in 1988. This is a first edition, new hardcover book. Dusty Jacket is bright but pages are yellowing. Size: 8.5" x 5.5". Pages: 292
The use of literature for the writing of history is a matter of specialist skill, involving critical insight and training in historical methodology. The books is valuable and unique because it presents the life and times of the Sikh Guru solely from the Guru's bani and other historical writing of the time. Surjit Hans covers roughly a period of three centuries and various forms of literature including Adi Granth, Vars of Bhai Gurdas, Janamsakhis , Puratan, Miharban, Bala, Cyan-Ratnavali, Zafarnama, Bachittar Natak, Gursobha Gurbilas, Bansavalinma and the Mahima Prakash.
Rather that analyzing religion or philosophy, Surjit gives us a peek into what it looked and felt like during these years. It is an important work that sets the context of SIkh events as they unfold. I have never seen anyone else attempt this type of critical study.