1st Edition

Global Sikhs Histories, Practices and Identities

Edited By Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Doris R. Jakobsh Copyright 2023

    This book brings a broad, holistic approach to the study of the phenomena of the global Sikh community referred to collectively as the Panth. With contributions by an interdisciplinary range of experts, the volume provides insight into current debates and discussions around Sikh identity in the twenty-first century. It examines the terms Sikh, Sikhism and ‘Sikhi’ and considers how those ‘outside of the margins’ fit into larger definitions of the wider Panth. Both the secular and religious dimensions of being a Sikh are explored and lived experience is a central theme throughout. The chapters engage with issues of authority and diversity as well as representation as Sikhs become increasingly settled and active within their diasporic locales. The book includes a variety of case studies and makes a valuable contribution to the growing field of Sikh studies.


    Part I

    1 Academic History and Sikh Studies: Is it Time to Configure a Disciplinary Manifesto?

    Harjot Oberoi

    2 The Construction of Authority within the Sikh Panth and its Challenges

    Pashaura Singh

    3 Guru Gobind Singh and the Khalsa

    Lou Fenech

    4 Guru Granth Sahib in the writings of western women

    Eleanor Nesbitt

    5 India, Pakistan and the Sikhs: the Kartarpur corridor in its historical and political perspective

    Gurharpal Singh

    Part II

    6 Looking for Langar: The Promise of Commensality, the Praxis of Ethics, and Some Problems of Modernity

    Nicola Mooney

    7 Adaptation and Incorporation in Ritual Practices at the Golden Temple, Amritsar

    Navtej K. Purewal and Virinder Kalra

    8 Lived Experiences in the Sikh Diaspora: Diversities, Differentiation, Gender Narratives and Challenges to Tradition

    Shinder S. Thandi

    9 Sevā, Vand Chakko, and Sarbat da Bhala: Sikh Humanitarianism in Global Perspective

    Verne A. Dusenbery

    10 Punj Pyarian. Artistic Expressions of Sikh Existentiality

    Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

    Part III

    11 Speech Unites, Script Divides: Destruction of Punjab’s Shared Cultures of Piety by Religion, Language and Script

    Anjali Gera Roy

    12 Not Asian Enough? The Racialization of Sikhs in Southeast Asia

    Jasjit Singh

    13 Sikh Journeys beyond Panjab: Experiences from Eastern and North-Eastern India

    Himadri Banerjee

    14 Panjabis, Panjabi Mexicans, and Sikhs in the United States

    Karen Leonard

    15 Sikh Studies and Sikh Institution Building in the United States: Reflections on Academic Research, Public Scholarship, and Advocacy in Post-9/11 America.

    Sangeeta K Luthra

    16 Diversity within the Sikh Panth: Some Critical Reflections

    Ronki Ram



    Opinderjit Kaur Takhar is an Associate Professor of Sikh Studies and Director of the Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

    Doris R. Jakobsh is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada.