A Further Discussion of the Rise of the Sikhs and of Their Creed
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[32c] Sikh means “disciple” or “follower” and the sect is called “Sikh” because it follows Nanak. According to the author of Siyar al-mutaʾakhkhirīn,1 Nanak’s father was a well-to-do grain merchant from a small clan. Nanak acquired most of his learning while serving a certain Sayyid Hasan, a dervish and mystic who supervised his education. Nanak received instruction in the truths and insights of the books of Sufi Islam and then translated the contents of the sayings of Muslim adepts into Punjabi, versified them in book form, and called it the Book of Granth. He easily gained many follower…

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“A Further Discussion of the Rise of the Sikhs and of Their Creed”, in: History of Afghanistan, Translated and edited by R.D. McChesney, M.M. Khorrami. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004256064_hao_COM_000032>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004234918, 20121219



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