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Almost from the moment, some five centuries ago, that their religion was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak, Sikhs have enjoyed a distinctive identity. This sense of difference, forged during Sikhism's fierce struggles with the Mughal Empire, is still symbolised by the "Five Ks" ("panj kakar," in Punjabi), those articles of faith to which all baptised Sikhs subscribe: uncut hair bound in a turban; comb; special undergarment; iron bracelet and dagger (or kirpan) — the unique marks of the Sikh military fraternity (the word Sikh means "disciple" in Punjabi). Yet for all its ongoing attachment to the religious symbols that have helped set it apart from neighboring faiths in South Asia, Sikhism amounts to far more than just signs or externals. Now the world's fifth largest religion, with a significant diaspora especially in Britain and North America, this remarkable monotheistic tradition commands the allegiance of 25 million people, and is a global phenomenon. In her balanced appraisal, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh reviews the history, theology and worship of a community poised between reconciling its hereditary creeds and certainties with the fast-paced pressures of modernity. She outlines and explains the core Sikh beliefs, and explores the writings and teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus in Sikhism's Holy Scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (more usually called just the "Granth"). Further chapters explore Sikh ethics, art and architecture, and matters of gender and the place of women in the tradition. The book attractively combines the warm empathy of a Sikh with the objective insights and acute perspectives of a prominent scholar of religion.

About the Author

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is Crawford Professor of Religious Studies at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, and Co-Chair of the Sikh Studies Section of the American Academy of Religion. Her books include The Guru Granth Sahib: its Physics and Metaphysics (1981), The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent (1993), The Name of My Beloved: Verses of the Sikh Gurus (2001) and The Birth of the Khalsa: A Feminist Re-memory of Sikh Identity (2005).

Table of Contents

Preface * Introduction * Guru Nanak and the Origins of Sikhism * Guru Arjan and the Crystallization of the Sikh Faith * Guru Gobind Singh and the Cultivation of Sikh Identity * Sikh Metaphysics, Ethics and Aesthetics * Worship, Ceremonies, and Rites of Passage * Feminist Text in a Patriarchal Context * Colonial Encounters * Sikh Art * Sikhs in the Diaspora * Select Bibliography * Glossary * Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781848853218
Author:
Singh, Nikky-guninder Kaur
Publisher:
I. B. Tauris & Company
Author:
Singh, Nikky-Guninder Kaur
Author:
Singh, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Kaur
Subject:
Sikhism
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Sikhism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 b/w illus., 2 maps
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.250 x 5.500 in

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