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date: 08 August 2020

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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 interpretation, understanding, and application belong to a single hermeneutic process. The feminist currents permeating the text are explored from the horizon of 1) Sikh theology, 2) spirituality, 3) society, 4) historical consciousness, and 5) personal identity constructed by the Five Ks, the five items of Sikh faith. The article concludes with reflections on ways of accessing the sacred text by both men and women so that gender-justice and equality can be achieved. The sublime textual lyrics are viewed as a powerful resource that reach the inner psyche of the individual and therefore substantially promote the work of social activists, human rights organizations, politicians, and legal advocates.

Keywords: Sikh scripture, feminist, hermeneutics, theology, Five Ks, spirituality, gender-justice

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