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The A to Z of Sikhism

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Publisher Comments:

Contrary to popular opinion, there is more to Sikhism than the distinctive dress. First of all, there is the emergence of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, and the long line of his successors. There are the precepts, many related to liberation through the divine name or nam. There is a particularly turbulent history in which the Sikhs have fought to affirm their beliefs and resist external domination that continues to this day. There is also, more recently, the dispersion from the Punjab throughout the rest of India and on to Europe and the Americas. With this emigration Sikhism has become considerably less exotic, but hardly better known to outsiders. This reference is an excellent place to learn more about the religion. It provides a chronology of events, a brief introduction that gives a general overview of the religion, and a dictionary with several hundred entries, which present the gurus and other leaders, trace the rather complex history, expound some of the precepts and concepts, describe many of the rites and rituals, and explain the meaning of numerous related expressions. All this, along with a bibliography, provides readers with an informative and accessible guide toward understanding Sikhism.

Book News Annotation:

McLeod began studying the religion in the Punjab during the 1960s, and since then has taught it in New Zealand and Canada and written widely about it. Though Sikhs are more numerous than most people think, he explains, they have have tended to remain in northwestern India and are more widely known mainly through military and sports. Some Sikhs believe their religion is part of the broader Hindu faith, while others believe it is separate; outsiders tend to think of it as a blend of Hinduism and Islam. The entries to the dictionary include people, places, organizations and other groups, beliefs, rituals, myths, cultural aspects such as music and dance, holidays, and events. The chronology and bibliography have been updated for the paper edition. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This reference provides a chronology of events, a brief introduction that gives a general overview of the religion, and a dictionary with several hundred entries, which present the gurus and other leaders, trace the rather complex history, expound some of the precepts and concepts, describe many of the rites and rituals, and explain the meaning of numerous related expressions. All this, along with a bibliography, provides readers with an informative and accessible guide toward understanding Sikhism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810868281
Author:
Mcleod, W. H.
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Author:
McLeod, William
Author:
McLeod, W. H.
Subject:
Sikhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Sikhism
Edition Description:
Scarecrow Press
Series:
A to Z Guides
Series Volume:
45
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
297
Dimensions:
8.40x5.40x.90 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This reference provides a chronology of events, a brief introduction that gives a general overview of the religion, and a dictionary with several hundred entries, which present the gurus and other leaders, trace the rather complex history, expound some of the precepts and concepts, describe many of the rites and rituals, and explain the meaning of numerous related expressions. All this, along with a bibliography, provides readers with an informative and accessible guide toward understanding Sikhism.
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