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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies

Education and Modernity in Colonial Punjab

Khalsa College, the Sikh Tradition and the Webs of Knowledge, 1880-1947

Authors: Brunner, Michael Philipp

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  • Takes an innovative micro-history approach to global, colonial and Sikh modernity
  • Offers the first in-depth study of Khalsa College, advancing research on South Asian educational institutions at the turn of the twentieth century
  • Explores ideas of Sikh modernity in the Punjab as distinct from the frameworks of British imperialism and mainstream Indian nationalism
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This book explores the localisation of modernity in late colonial India. As a case study, it focuses on the hitherto untold colonial history of Khalsa College, Amritsar, a pioneering and highly influential educational institution founded in the British Indian province of Punjab in 1892 by the religious minority community of the Sikhs. Addressing topics such as politics, religion, rural development, militarism or physical education, the study shows how Sikh educationalists and activists made use of and ‘localised’ communal, imperial, national and transnational discourses and knowledge. Their modernist visions and schemes transcended both imperialist and mainstream nationalist frameworks and networks. In its quest to educate the modern Sikh – scientific, practical, disciplined and physically fit – the college navigated between very local and global claims, opportunities and contingencies, mirroring modernity’s ambivalent simultaneity of universalism and particularism.

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Michael Philipp Brunner is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation and a Visiting Scholar at Tufts University, USA. He completed his PhD at the Institute of History at ETH Zurich.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Gurus, Grades, and the Globe: Khalsa College, Education, and Colonial Modernity in South Asia

    Pages 1-30

    Brunner, Michael Philipp

  • The Politics of Education: Socio-Religious Transformation, Politicised Sikhism and Limited Nationalism at Khalsa College, c. 1880–1947

    Pages 31-87

    Brunner, Michael Philipp

  • Conceiving Modern Sikhism: Religious Instruction, Scientism, and Comparative Religion at Khalsa College

    Pages 89-137

    Brunner, Michael Philipp

  • Teaching Development: Scientific Agriculture and Rural Reconstruction at Khalsa College

    Pages 139-198

    Brunner, Michael Philipp

  • Disciplining the Martial Sikh: Physical Education, Youth Organisations, and Military at Khalsa College

    Pages 199-249

    Brunner, Michael Philipp

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eBook 74,89 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-53514-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Education and Modernity in Colonial Punjab
Book Subtitle
Khalsa College, the Sikh Tradition and the Webs of Knowledge, 1880-1947
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-53514-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-53514-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-53513-1
Series ISSN
2635-1633
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 279
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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