Prem Sumarag - The Testimony of a Sanatan Sikh

Prem Sumarag - The Testimony of a Sanatan Sikh

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Author unknown, Translation by W.H. McLeod.  

Written in the 18th century, this current translation is a first edition published by Oxford University Press in 2006.  It is a hardcover book in new condition.  Size: 9" x 5.5".  Pages: 129.

Prem Sumarag Granth ( is an anonymous work in old Punjabi presenting the Sikh way of life and of Snatan Sikh society in the 1700's.

It is a kind of rahitnama prescribing expected behaviour, religious as well as social, private as well as public, for members of the Khalsa Panth. The text is divided into ten dhidos (chapters) and each dhidois subdivided into several bachans (stories or topics). 

It  was published for the first time in 1953 by the Sikh History Society, Amritsar, edited with an elaborate introduction by Bhai Randhir Singh.  A second edition was brought out by New Book Company, Jalandhar in 1965.  This issue is the first English translation and takes its place as a major contribution to Sikh Studies.  

This is a fascinating view into Snatan Sikh life in the 1700's, bringing in depth detail about daily routines and social encounters.  It is a must read for any study of rahitnama or the evolution of the Sikh Rahit Maryada.