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Global Sikhs
Histories, Practices and Identities

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ISBN 9781032219714
February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Part I

1 Guru Gobind Singh and the Khalsa

Lou Fenech

2 Guru Granth Sahib in the writings of western women

Eleanor Nesbitt

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

Harjot Oberoi

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

Pashaura Singh

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

Gurharpal Singh

Part II

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

Verne A. Dusenbery

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

Nicola Mooney

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

Navtej K. Purewal and Virinder Kalra

9 Punj Pyarian. Artistic Expressions of Sikh Existentiality

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

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

Shinder S. Thandi

Part III

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

Himadri Banerjee

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

Karen Leonard

13 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

14 Diversity within the Sikh Panth: Some Critical Reflections

Ronki Ram

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

Anjali Gera Roy

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

Jasjit Singh

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Opinderjit Kaur Takhar is 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.