Established in 1969, Manohar is a publishing house and a bookseller serving individuals and libraries. We export books by mail and have a bookstore at Ansari Road in Delhi.
Manohar initially sold only rare and out of print publications, but soon branched out into local sale/export of new books published in India, and then into publishing of scholarly works under its own imprint.
Historical Writings on the
Sikhs ( 1784-2011 ): Western Entreprise and Indian Response
By- Prof. J.S. Grewal
Modern historical writing on
the Sikhs started in the last quarter of the eighteenth century as a Western
enterprise for purposes which were predominantly political and pragmatic, but
nonetheless a part of the Western intellectual culture. Before the end of the
nineteenth century, Indian writers appeared on the scene in response to this
historiography. By now, Sikh studies are a common concern of the Indian and
The work is in six parts. The
first two parts relate to the major writers till 1947, including Malcolm,
Prinsep, Cunningham, Trumpp and Macauliffe. The Indian historians of the
colonial period discussed in three parts include Latif, Banerjee, Sinha,
Narang, Gupta, Chopra, Kohli, and Teja Singh and Ganda Singh. The expanding
scope and the trends of Sikh studies are discussed in the last part which also
gives a critical assessment of the recent controversies in Sikh studies about
the basic issues of five centuries of Sikh history: life, mission and status of
Guru Nanak; evolution and politicization of the Sikh movement under his
successors; institution of the Khalsa; Khalsa way of life; nature of the Singh
Sabha movement; issue of Sikh identity; and Sikh ethnicity after 1947.
The book will be of interest
to historians of medieval, modern, and contemporary India as well as to
scholars engaged in Sikh studies, and indispensable for researchers and
teachers in India and abroad.
J.S. Grewal is former Prof.
and Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and Director and later
Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
ISBN 978-81-7304-953-8 2012 544p. Rs.1495/
Christian Themes in Indian Art: From the Mogul Times till Today
By- Anand Amaladass SJ and Gudrun
This book is a pioneering work
presenting Christian themes in Indian art from the beginnings of Christianity
in India till today. The authors have, in the main, dealt with paintings and
sculptures, but have supplemented this with one chapter on architecture,
particularly that of church buildings, and one on popular art, including
stamps. More than 1,100 rare coloured illustrations make this publication a
unique reference book. It is the first complex treatment of the theme done in
the last 25 years. Special emphasis is given to artists who as Hindus, Muslims
and Parsees have chosen to paint Biblical themes. Already in the 16th
century the encouraging and surprising encounter between European Christian
prints and Indian miniature paintings took place. The Muslim Emperor Akbar
invited three Jesuit missions from Goa to the Mogul court. Fascinated by
European Madonnas and engravings, especially with Christian themes, he ordered
his paintings to copy them in various ways. This was the start of a
revolutionary fusion in Indian miniatures.
Most of the Bengali artists who
were attracted by the human God Jesus and his agony are Hindus like Nandalal
Bose, Jamini Roy, Nikhal Biswas, Arup Das, Suhas Roy, Suman Roy, Sudip Roy etc.
The authors always give a short biography and then highlight his/her works
connected with the theme. The late Muslim M.F. Husain, whose faceless Mother
Teresa pictures became icons, is presented side by side with his close friends,
the Hindu Krishnen Khanna, the Parsee Jehangir Sabavala, the Hindu artists
Satish Gujral, V. Nageshkar, Anjolie Menon, Ramchandran and the Sikh sisters
Amrita and Rabindra Kaur Singh. The Who is Who of Indian art history is
presented from a new angle. Christian artists include the late F.N. Souza, who
simultaneously hated and loved his Christian childhood God, and artists like
A.D. Thomas, Angela Trindade, A. Fonesca, V. Masoji, F. Wesley (both by Naomi
Wray), C.J. Anthony Doss, Alphonso Doss, S. Raj, J. Sahi, L. D’Souza-Krone,
Sister Clair etc., all who stand for the attempt to incorporate the Christian
gospel into the Indian culture. This original research includes many young
talents too. An extensive Bibliography, Glossary and Index make this book an
indispensable reference source for many years to come. Every library and
individuals interested in intercultural encounter between India and the West in
art, intercultural theology, dialogue and history must have this book.
Anand Amaldass SJ studied
Philosophy and Catholic Theology. He took a Master’s degree in Sanskrit and a
Ph. D. from the University of Madras in 1981. Since 1984, he is teaching at
Satya Nilayam Jesuit Faculty of
Philosophy in Chennai, now part of the Loyola (Autonomous) College, Chennai. He
was Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Research Institute for Philosophy
and Sanskrit. His area of research includes Indian philosophy and religion,
aesthetics and interfaith dialogue.
Gudrun Lowner studied
Protestant Theology and comparitive religion in Bochum, Wuppertal, Geneva and
Heidelberg. Her Ph. D. was from Heildelberg University in 1997. Her thesis was
on Religion and Development in Sri Lanka.
ISBN 978-81-7304-945-3 2012 428p. Rs.4000/
Bhakti Movement in Medieval
India: Social and Political Perspectives
By- Shahabuddin Iraqi
This well documented study brings
into focus the picture of Medieval Indian society in different ways - the
nature of relationship between the state and the Hindus; the mutual
understanding between members of the two communities; different trends of
Bhakti thought and movement and the interaction between the thoughts and
practices of different Sufi orders and Bhakti cults. The detailed account of
the literature of Bhakti Saints provided by the author constitutes a veritable
treasure trove of source material on different aspects of medieval Indian
history. Besides, an attempt has been made to trace the evolution of the Nirguna
aspect of Bhakti movement with its aims and objectives.
The volume offers an in-depth study of the conflicting as
well as cordial relationship of the leaders of different schools of Bhakti
thought with the state and their approach to society, politics and
administration. It also analyses the circumstances that led some of the
spiritual movements to assume political and even a militant character. Much
interesting evidence has been explored from the sources hitherto unknown in the
preparation of this book. The work will prove to be a valuable contribution to
medieval Indian historical studies.
Shahabuddin Iraqi is
Chairman, Department of History and Coordinator of the Centre of Advanced Study
(History), Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He has been engaged for a long
time in exploring and procuring source material in Hindi on History of Medieval
India, and has published a number of articles bearing on the theme in reputed
journals. He has written an edited several books, most recently, Medieval
India 2 and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Vision and Mission (Manohar, 2008).
The author has also prepared a standard text of the sayings of Kabir on the
basis of contemporary sources and is at present engaged in finalizing for the
press his monograph Kabir: A Reformer or Revolutionary.
ISBN 978-81-7304-800-5 2009 290p.
Rs.725/ pounds 45
Sikh studies in recent decades have been marked by a
prolonged controversy involving most of the basic issues related to the Sikh
tradition: the life of Guru Nanak, and the
Janamsakhis; the teachings of Guru Nanak, the nature of his faith, and his status
in the history of religion; evolution of the Sikh community and its
politicization; the Khalsa rahit and the doctrines of Guru
Panth and Guru Granth; the history of the Dasam Granth, its status,
and its importance in the life of the Sikhs; the Sikh tradition of martyrdom;
the Sikh and Khalsa identity; tension between the ideal of equality and the
presence of caste and gender distinctions in the Sikh social order; and the
making of the Sikh scripture known as Guru Granth Sahib.
The author’s comments and his perspective based on his extensive study
of Sikh history and literature, meaningfully moderate between the opposing
views held by the Western academia and the Sikh intelligentsia. As a result,
this volume becomes an exceptionally insightful introduction to the Sikh
tradition. It is indispensable for all readers and scholars interested in Sikh
Padmashree and a renowned historian, J.S. Grewal served the Indian
Institute of Advanced Study at Shimla as its Director and Chairman of its
Governing Body after serving Guru Nanak Dev University at Amritsar as its
Vice-Chancellor and Professor of History. He has written extensively on
Historiography, Medieval India, the Punjab and Punjabi Literature, and the
Sikhs. His publications include Guru Nanak in History (1969); The
Sikhs of the Punjab (1990); Sikh Ideology, Polity and Social
Order (2007); A Study of Guru Granth Sahib: Doctrine, Social
Content, History, Structure and Status (2009); and The Sikhs:
Ideology, Institutions and Identity (2009).
ISBN 978-81-7304-883-8 2011 324p. Rs.895/
The Sikh coinage
has a number of distinct and unique features vis-à-vis prevailing
currencies in India. Almost every Sikh historian, European or Indian who wrote
about Sikhs, has commented on Sikh coins, based on earlier accounts with some
modification but without any examination of the coins which were readily
available. These accounts have spread disinformation and distortions to such an
extent that the few numismatists who examined the Sikh coins also succumbed to
the historical fiction based on hearsay.
An attempt has
been made in this study to correct various disinformations and distortions,
e.g. the incorrect translation of the legends, incorrect nomenclature of Sikh
currency, coins alleged to having been struck by the Maharaja Ranjit Singh in
the name of a courtesan, coins struck by Hari Singh Nalwa in his own name, etc.
From the evidence collected from detailed examination of historical accounts
and meticulous numismatic investigation, the true perspective has been arrived
at about Sikh coinage, in his pristine beauty and as a symbol of Sikh
Sikh coins were
first issued by Banda Bahadur between 1710 and 1713 and after a gap of almost
half a century they were again issued from 1765 till 1845. In the field of
Indian numismatics, Sikh coins in particular have received scant attention.
Scholars and academics have been guilty of neglecting the subject. The present
work attempts to fill this gap.
Singh, after a short spell as a research scholar in
University of Delhi and as a Lecturer in Political Science, Government College,
Gurdaspur, was selected to the Indian Defence Accounts Service, where he served
from 1956 to 1987.
retirement, Surinder Singh took up the study of Sikh coinage, of which he had
collected over a thousand pieces, during the last few years of his service in
He has published
over thirty research papers in reputed national and international journals and
Dr. Singh is at
present working on the ‘Concept of Sikh Sovereignty’ as a Senior Fellow of
Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.
284p. Rs.495/ pounds 28
A Contemporary Look at Sikh
Religion: Essays on Scripture, Identity, Creation, Spirituality, Charity and
By- James Massey
The ten essays in this volume are
divided into four parts. In part one, the first essay deals with the Sikh scriptures,
including Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The second essay discusses in detail,
the vision and mission of Universal Humanhood of Sri Guru Gobind Singhji. In
part two, the essays deal with ‘Sikh Identity’, and show that till today the
struggle for identity is continuing. Part three contains four essays dealing
with the Sikh concepts of ‘creation’, ‘spirituality’, ‘charity’, and ‘suffering
and death’. Part four contains two essays. One dealing with ‘interfaith
dialogue’ offered by Sri Guru Nanak Devji and the last essay on the historical
development of the same process, with special reference to the contribution of
the Sikh community.
This volume will be of great
interest to scholars working on Religion in South Asia in general and Sikh
Studies in particular.
James Massey is currently
the Director of the Centre for Dalit/Subaltern Studies and Community Contextual
Communication Centre, New Delhi and Hon. Secretary of the Board of Theological
Education of the Senate of Serampore College (University), West Bengal. He is
Privatdozent, the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the Johann Wolfgang
Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Dr. Massey is the translator of
the Punjabi Bible and has authored and edited more than 25 books, which
include: Minorities in a Democracy:The Indian Experience (1999);
Minorities and Religious Freedom in a Democracy (2003); Dr. B.R.
Ambedkar: A Study in Just Society (2003) and Church in Dialogue with the
ISBN 978-81-7304-857-9 2010 154p. Rs.450/
Moral Languages from Colonial Punjab: The Singh Sabha, Arya
Samaj and Ahmadiyahs
After its annexation in 1849, the Punjab became the most
important agricultural province of British India. Within a few decades, much
changed in the region, including the intellectual horizons of the Punjabi
elite. This monograph tells the comparative socio-intellectual history of the
Singh Sabha (Sikh), Arya Samaj (Hindu) and Ahmaiyah (Muslim) voluntary reform
As a new contribution to
this field, the term ‘moral languages’ is introduced to discuss the
reformers’ redefined traditions that emerged in response to Western reason and
Christianity. Underwriting the Singh Sabha, Arya Smaj and Ahmadiyh moral
languages was the fundamental process of strengthening doctrine, conduct, and
ritual through a dialogic process in which readings of the traditional
literature (often as interpreted by European Orientalist scholars) were
combined with an understanding that frequently invoked the authority of
In particular this volume argues that the secular-religious
binary opposition, which has been so dominantly in existence since the European
Enlightment, hides more than it shows. Significant to the social consciousness
of the Punjabi reformers was the partial overlap with the British civilizing
mission’s underlying notion of improvement. The term moral languages emphasizes
that since the nineteenth-century religion is nothing more than morally
motivated and spread through modern institutions and practices. Hence, he Singh
Sabh, Ary Samaj and Ahmdiyah moral languages are discussed in terms of modern
traditions based on rational knowledge and practices that became vital to the
struggle or authority and status n the context of an emergent liberal public
sphere and processed of state formation.
This timely book will be of great interest to scholars of
British Punjab, South Asian colonial history and comparative religion.
Bob van der Linden (Ph.D., Amsterdam University, 2004) is a
modern South Asia historian. He has recently published on the relationship
between music and empire in Britain and Indi.