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Pashaura Singh


Professor Pashaura Singh comes to UCR from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he taught Sikh studies, Punjabi language and Religions of India for thirteen years. He combines a command of classical and colloquial Punjabi and Hindi languages (including a working knowledge of Sanskrit) and a sound knowledge of traditional Sikh learning, manuscripts in archaic forms of Gurmukhi script and Indian religious traditions, with a mastery of contemporary issues in textual studies, canonicity, hermeneutics, literary theory, and history of religions. His work on the Adi Granth (sacred Sikh scripture) and early Sikh history is widely noted. His most recent monograph, Life and Work of Guru Arjan, was on the "Best Sellers List" in India (The Tribune, August 6, 2006)

Former Institution
University of Michigan


  • PhD Religious Studies 1991 -University of Toronto
  • MA Religious Studies 1987 -University of Calgary
  • MA Religious Studies 1973 - Punjabi University


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), 1991-93.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Doctoral Fellowships for three academic years, University of Toronto, Canada, 1988-91.
  • Gold Medal in M.A. for standing `First in the order of Merit in the University,' Punjabi University, Patiala, India, 1973.

Research Area

  • Textual Criticism: Canon Formation and Hermeneutics, Historical Analysis: Historically-grounded critical method based upon contextual depth, Sikh Studies: Religion, History and Society, Indian Studies: Religion in Modern India, Punjabi Language: Modern and classical/scriptural (Sacred Language of the Sikhs)



  • The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning, and Authority (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2000).
  • The Bhagats of the Guru Granth Sahib: Sikh Self-Definition and the Bhagat Bani (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2003).
  • Life and Work of Guru Arjan: History, Memory and Biography in the Sikh Tradition (Oxford University Press, New Delhi), 2006

Edited Books:

  • The Transmission of Sikh Heritage in the Diaspora, co-editor with N. Gerald Barrier, (Manohar Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi) 1996.
  • Sikh Identity: Continuity and Change, co-editor with N. Gerald Barrier, (Manohar Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi), 1999.
  • Sikhism and History, Co-editor with N. Gerald Barrier, (Oxford University Press, New Delhi), 2004.

Source : UCR, CA





University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Pashaura Singh, Professor
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Religious Studies