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date: 19 September 2020

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This article provides a broad overview and a critique of Western scholarship on the Sikhs, from the late eighteenth century to the present. It begins with pre-colonial European ethnography, followed by colonial accounts, and ending with scholarship on the Sikhs in the last fifty years. The assumptions that have shaped the field of Sikh Studies are discussed, along with some of the debates in the field.

Keywords: Western scholarship, early European accounts, East India Company, Orientalism, Sikh Studies

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