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date: 01 October 2020

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The article provides an overview of the Sikh literature produced in several languages (Punjabi, Khari Boli, Braj Bhasha, Persian, and English) from the time of Guru Nanak to the present day. The first section describes the Adi Granth as a complex work of literature. The remarkable range of Sikh literature in the seventeenth century is then surveyed, before an account is given of the changes of style and emphasis in the Dasam Granth and the following pre-modern Sikh literature in Braj Bhasha. The final section describes the shift to Punjabi and English as the main vehicles of Sikh literature in the modern period.

Keywords: Sikh literature, Punjabi, Khari Boli, Braj Bhasha, Persian, English, Adi Granth, Dasam Granth, Guru Nanak

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