Sikhism in Global Context


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From being at the center of debates after 9/11 to carving out distinctive identities in the north-eastern corner of India, the Sikh community has made its presence felt throughout the world. Focusing on globalization, this book reflects the widening scope of Sikh studies—from religion, ideology, and history to contentious issues like identity, culture, and social relations.

Sikhism in Global Context examines Sikh historiography, identity, music, ethics, diaspora, history, and current state of scholarship. It also studies internal differences of caste, community, and gender, as well as the use of modern media to disseminate and construct frameworks of Sikhism.

The essays analyze how local experiences confirm and complicate notions of diasporic Sikh belief and practice questioning conventional premises of Sikh studies. Breaking away from its early emphasis on history and text, they open up a variety of approaches and look at the actual Sikh practice from the ‘lived religion perspective’.

About the Author
Pashaura Singh is Dr Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies, University of California. He has written and edited many scholarly works on Sikhism.

Published: 2011
Pages: 281
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford University Press