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Early Sikh Darbārs
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The word darbār, or court, was used in a variety of settings in premodern India (Kumar, 2000, 37-65). While kings naturally had courts, so too did spiritual leaders and provincial landholders. Particularly under the Mughal emperors…

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Purnima Dhavan, “Early Sikh Darbārs”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Gurinder Mann Singh, Kristina Myrvold, Eleanor Nesbitt. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170712

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