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Selections from the Guru Granth Sahib, 17th-century

Selections from the Guru Granth Sahib, 17th-century

Scribe: Guru Arjun

Medium: Ink and colours on paper

Date: 1603

Shelfmark: Or. MS 2748

Item number: f. 31v

Genre: Manuscript

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This is the oldest known manuscript copy outside India of a substantial part of the Sikh scripture, the 'Guru Granth Sahib' or 'Adi Granth'. The original 'Adi Granth', containing verses by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, and other Sikh Gurus and saints, was compiled in 1603-4 by the fifth Sikh Guru Arjun. This manuscript dates in part from the middle of the 17th century (c.1660-75), and is therefore one of the twenty oldest known copies in existence. It was purchased by the British Museum in 1884 from the Reverend A Fischer, who had been the principal of a missionary school in Amritsar, Panjab.

Find out more about this manuscript and other sacred texts in Expressions of Faith.

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