Rahit Literature
(7,130 words)

Rahit is the repository of the customs and practices of Sikhs. Rahitnāmā refer to those texts that developed largely during the lifetime of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh (d. 1708), which claim authority and inspiration from the Khālsā Panth in accordance with the divine truth of the Gurū Granth. While rahit has always been of the utmost concern for generations of Sikhs since the time of Gurū Nānak, the rahitnāmās are recognizably a product of the period around 1700.

Few previous studies have commented on the etymology of the term rahit (also rahat). P.S. Padam only writes that the word rahit comes from …

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Naindeep Singh Chann, “Rahit Literature”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Gurinder Mann Singh, Kristina Myrvold, Eleanor Nesbitt. Consulted online on 19 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-2118_BESO_COM_031675>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170712



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