Originally Posted by dalsingh
I'm no big fan of McLeod myself. I try and detach myself and remember that he is essentially writing from a sceptical western perspective and may have some innate fear of Sikhism driving his attacks on fundamental beliefs.
The book is on amazon (i'm presuming your in the states): Amazon.com: Prem Sumarag: The Testimony of a Sanatan Sikh: W. H. McLeod: Books
Better you get it from a library.
I must confess that I did find aspects of it fascinating. Personally I'm guessing it is from the latter part of the 18th century at earliest. Also I don't think it represents a common Khalsa soldiers perspective. But its subject matter (especially the bit on statecraft) is fascinating. I know some people think it is a modern forgery.
it was first published in the 1950s with an introduction from Bhai Randir Singh ji. i wonder how much the McCloud translation differs from the punjabi?
apparently the first manuscript dates to 1801.
do you think McCloud added the "sanatan sikh" bit to the title? it doesn't seem to be in the original printing...