Rāmgaṛhīās
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This article outlines the origins of the title "Rāmgaṛhīā” as well as the social trajectory and historical contribution of Rāmgaṛhīās, a hereditary Punjabi Sikh community that displays many characteristics of a zāt (caste). Indeed, some writers, including authors cited in this article, use the terms “zāt” and “caste” to refer to this social group. In line with the history…

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Sewa Singh Kalsi & Eleanor Nesbitt, “Rāmgaṛhīās”, 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_031416>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170712



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