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Changing Manifestations of Caste in the Sikh Panth  

Surinder S. Jodhka

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

The Guru Granth Sahib  

Pashaura Singh

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Mar 2014
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Jul 2013
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism
This article discusses the genesis, evolution, and canonization of the foundational text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib. Taking a radically different approach from other contesting ... More

‘Khalistan’ as Political Critique  

Cynthia Keppley Mahmood

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Mar 2014
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Apr 2014
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Religion, Sikhism
This article explores the rallying cry for a separate Sikh state of Khalistan as a political critique of the Indian state. The violence of the extremists represented more than Sikhs alone; ... More

The Khalsa and the Rahit  

Louis E. Fenech

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Mar 2014
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Jul 2013
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Religion, Sikhism
The article discusses the origins and the history of both the Khalsa of Guru Gobind Singh and its distinctive way of life and code of conduct (Rahit) as detailed within the historical ... More

The Khalsa Heritage Complex  

William J. Glover

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Mar 2014
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Jan 2014
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Religion, Sikhism
This article discusses the Khalsa Heritage Complex, or Virasat-e-Khalsa, nearing completion in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India. The architecturally ambitious complex combines more ... More

Linguistic and Philological Approaches to Sacred Sikh Literature  

Michael C. Shapiro

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Mar 2014
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Jan 2014
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Religion, Sikhism
In this paper it is argued that the reading and interpretation of early Sikh religious literature in its original language needs to be carried out in a manner that pays close attention to ... More

New Directions in Sikh Studies  

Pashaura Singh

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Mar 2014
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Jan 2014
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Religion, Sikhism
Reflecting the far-reaching implications of the Oak Creek Gurdwara tragedy for Sikh Studies, this article discusses the emergence of the discipline in the Western academy and sets new ... More

An Overview of Sikh History  

Pashaura Singh

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Mar 2014
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Jan 2014
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Religion, Sikhism
This article presents an overview of revisionist Sikh historiography by examining some fundamental questions at various junctures in the evolution of the Sikh Panth, both diachronically ... More

Postcolonial and Postmodern Perspectives on Sikhism  

Balbinder Singh Bhogal

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Mar 2014
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Oct 2013
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Religion, Sikhism
This essay discusses the context of the formation of 'Sikhism', a term that has served since the nineteenth century to identify Sikh thought and praxis as a world religion. This context arguably ... More

Pre-colonial Sikh Literature  

Toby Braden Johnson

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Mar 2014
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Jan 2014
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Religion, Sikhism
This article discusses the Sikh literature of the janam-sakhi, gur-bilas, and rahit-nama genres, all of which were prepared during the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries. Its purpose ... More

Punjabi Sikhs and Gora Sikhs  

Verne A. Dusenbery

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Mar 2014
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Jul 2013
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Religion, Sikhism
This article discusses the relationship between Punjabi Sikhs and Gora (‘white’) Sikhs as it has developed since the early 1970s, when a Punjabi Sikh immigrant, calling himself Yogi ... More

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