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Changing Manifestations of Caste in the Sikh Panth  

Surinder S. Jodhka

Print publication date:
Mar 2014
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Jul 2013
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
The paper begins with a critique of the popular/Orientalist view of Indian society that conceptualizes caste in unitary terms, as a pan-Indian system, organized around the notion of varna ... More

Colonial Formations of Sikhism  

Navdeep S. Mandair

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Mar 2014
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Oct 2013
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
This article discusses the role of colonial encounter in shaping modern Sikh identity. It notes how during the eighteenth century a stereotype characterizing Sikhism as a reformist tradition distinct ... More

Conversion to Sikhism  

Gurinder Singh Mann

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
This chapter traces expansion of the Sikh community from its inception in the early 1520s to the present day. Focusing on four periods of Sikh history—the founding of the community under ... More

The Darbar Sahib  

Charles M. Townsend

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Mar 2014
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Jan 2014
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
This chapter explores the ongoing religious life and history of the Darbar Sahib (aka Harimandir Sahib, or Golden Temple), Sikhism’s sacred centre in Amritsar. It begins with a historical ... More

The Dasam Granth  

Robin Rinehart

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Mar 2014
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Oct 2013
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
This article discusses the Dasam Granth, a lengthy text with a diverse set of compositions attributed to Guru Gobind Singh. The article describes the contents of the compositions within ... More

The Evolution of the Sikh Community  

Louis E. Fenech

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Mar 2014
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Apr 2014
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
This paper traces certain facets in the ongoing evolution of the Sikh community. Noting the past contributions to this debate by both W. H. McLeod and Indubhushan Banerjee, the article ... More

A Feminist Interpretation of Sikh Scripture  

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

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Mar 2014
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Apr 2014
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
This article offers a feminist hermeneutics of Sikh scripture as a means of balancing the current patriarchal meaning and application of the text. It is based on Gadamer’s claim that ... More

Gender in Sikh Traditions  

Doris Jakobsh

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Mar 2014
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Jul 2013
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
This article discusses the development of gender construction within Sikh history, based on an understanding that gender ideologies and gendered practices are social constructs that are ... More

Global Sikhism  

Mark Juergensmeyer

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Mar 2014
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Jan 2014
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
Sikhism, like all religious traditions, is undergoing changes in an era of globalization. It was for years a regional religion in South Asia, and then became a world religion in the Sikh ... More

Gurmat: The Teachings of the Gurus  

Pashaura Singh

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Mar 2014
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Apr 2014
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
This article discusses the world view of Gurmat (‘Guru’s doctrine’), emerging from the teachings of the Gurus in the Sikh canonical literature. It focuses on certain key terms and ... More

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