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Guru Nanak and the Sikh Religion
by W.H. McLeod
This study examines the life and teachings of Nanak (1469-1539), the first of the Sikh Gurus. It concludes that relatively little can be known about his life and travels, but much can be understood concerning his personality and his teachings.
Published September 26th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 1968)
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I hate to give a one star rating to anything by McLeod, who has made a rich and lifelong contribution to the study of Sikh religion. However, this book is disappointing, the style is archaic and overly academic to the point of being unreadable. The reason seems to be that it is practically a rehash of his PhD thesis in 1968. Much more information and analysis has been done on the subject since then, including by Mcleod himself, to make this book redundant.