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In this paper it is argued that the reading and interpretation of early Sikh religious literature in its original language needs to be carried out in a manner that pays close attention to details of language, script, metrics, and other types of formal structure. It is claimed that the authors of these texts often composed them in a way such that key doctrinal points are based on or related to specific linguistic, poetic, or structural details. Attention to such details is seen as a form of ‘due diligence’ that can serve to filter plausible readings of texts from implausible ones. Practical suggestions are made concerning how a student is to acquire the linguistic and philological skills that will enable him or her to read, interpret, and translate early Sikh texts effectively.
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