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The Sikh World

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ISBN 9781138317123
June 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
784 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Sikh World is an outstanding guide to the Sikh faith and culture in all its geographical and historical diversity. Written by a distinguished team of international contributors, it contains substantial thematic articles on the dynamic living experiences of the global Sikh community. The volume is organised into ten distinct sections:

  • History, Institutions, and Practices
  • Global Communities
  • Ethical Issues
  • Activism
  • Modern Literature and Exegesis
  • Music, Visual Art, and Architecture
  • Citizenship, Sovereignty, and the Nation State
  • Diversity and its Challenges
  • Media
  • Education

Within these sections, interdisciplinary themes such as intellectual history, sexuality, ecotheology, art, literature, philosophy, music, cinema, medicine, science and technology, politics, and global interactions are explored.

Integrating textual evidence with Sikh practice, this volume provides an authoritative and accessible source of information on all topics of Sikhism. The Sikh World will be essential reading to students of Sikh studies, South Asian studies and religious studies. It will also be of interest to those in related fields, such as sociology, world philosophies, political science, anthropology, and ethics.

Table of Contents

Introduction Pashaura Singh and Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

Part I. History, Institutions, and Practices

1. The Sikh Gurus Pashaura Singh

2. Guru, Śabad, and Khalsa Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

3. The Guru Granth Sahib Pashaura Singh

4. The Dasam Granth Robin Rinehart

5. Encountering Oneness and Exiled Being Harjeet Singh Grewal

6. Persian Sikh Literature Louis E. Fenech

7. Codes of Conduct and Way of Life Eleanor Nesbitt

8. The Gurdwara Tejpaul Singh Bainiwal

9. The Nagar Kirtan Gurbeer Singh

Part II. Global Communities

10. Sikhs in India Birinder-Pal Singh

11. Sikhs in Australia and New Zealand Harpreet Singh

12. Sikh Life in Canada Michael Hawley

13. Sikhs in/of Africa Anneeth Kaur Hundle

14. Sikhs in Mainland Europe Eleanor Nesbitt

15. Sikhs in Britain Gurharpal Singh

16. Sikhs in the USA Sangeeta Kaur Luthra

Part III. Ethical Issues

17. Gender and Sikhi J. Singh

18. Death and Dying Within the Guru Granth Sahib Balbinder Singh Bhogal

19. Ecotheology Susan Elizabeth Prill

Part IV. Activism

20. Anticolonial Resistance in the Early 20th Century Amrit Deol

21. Akal Takht and Sikh Activism Amandeep Singh

22. Transnational Sikh Social Activism Harjeet Singh Grewal and Tejpaul Singh Bainiwal

Part V. Modern Literature and Exegesis

23. Sikh Interpretive Traditions Puninder Singh

24. The Possibility of the Secular Anne Murphy

25. Words Across Borders Parvinder Mehita

Part VI. Music, Visual Art, and Architecture

26. Singing the Scripture Francesca Cassio

27. The Five Essentials of Early Sikh Art Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

28. Contours of Kalākārī Tavleen Kaur and Jagdeep Singh Raina

29. Conservation Philosophy for Punjab Gurmeet S. Rai

30. Sikh Architecture Jaspreet Kaur

Part VII. Citizenship, Sovereignty, and the Nation State

31. Socio-political Aspects of Sikh Philosophy Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

32. Sikh Sovereignty and Modern Government Conner Singh VanderBeek

33. Sikhs and Multiculturalism Rita Kaur Dhamoon

34. Sikh Nationalism Gurharpal Singh

Part VIII. Diversity and its Challenges

35. Diverse Groups within the Sikh Panth Toby Braden Johnson

36. Caste Groups Opinderjit Kaur Takhar

37. Racism or Mistaken Identity? Jagbir Jhutti-Johal

38. Atheism, Agnosticism, and Irreligiosity Robin Rinehart

Part IX. Media

39. Sikhs and Cinema Kumool Abbi

40. Sikh Television Channels Jasjit Singh

41. The Sikh Internet Conner Singh VanderBeek

42. Sikhs in Social Media Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa-Baker

Part X. Education

43. Sikh Schools and Academies in England Prabhjap Singh Jutla

44. Sikh Educational Institutions in India Yamini Agarwal

45. Modern Sikh Studies Pashaura Singh and Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair.


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Pashaura Singh is Professor and Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the University of California, Riverside, USA.

Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair is Professor and Tara Singh, Balwant Kaur Chattha, Gurbax Singh and Kirpal Kaur Brar Endowed Chair in Sikh studies, and a Faculty Associate in Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.