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Sikhism is an Indian religion founded in the Punjab, a state in the northwest region of India, in the late 15th century. The members, known as Sikhs, call their faith Gurmat (in Punjabi, “the Way of the Guru”). Sikhism, according to Sikh tradition, was established by Guru Nanak (1469-1539). Nine other Gurus followed, all inhabited by a single spirit. After the 10th, Guru Gobind Singh (16666-1708) died, this spirit of the eternal Guru transferred to the sacred scripture of Sikhism, Guru Granth Sahib. Worldwide, Sikhs number 25 million.
Encyclopaedia of Sikh Religion and Culture by
Call Number: Ref. BL2017.3 .D64 1995b
Publication Date: 1995-01-01
Information on all aspects of religion, culture, history, tribes, caste, folklore, customs, fair and festivals of the Sikhs. In the Granth Sahib, one finds mention of a number of mythological gods, demons, persons, animals, birds, places, mountains, rivers, religious books, and so on -- each explained in this book. An index to names, subjects, and other items, in the articles is provided.
The Sikhs of the Punjab by
Call Number: Ref. DS436 .N47 1987 (Clarkston Reference)
Publication Date: 1991-02-21
Volume 2, Part 3 n to the New Cambridge History of India. Examines chronologically the entire span of Sikh history from prehistoric times to the present day (published 1991). In an introductory chapter, Professor Grewal surveys the changing pattern of human settlements in the Punjab until the fifteenth century and the emergence of the Punjabi language as the basis of regional articulation. Subsequent chapters explore the life and beliefs of Guru Nanak--the founder of Sikhism; the extension and modification of his ideas by his successors; the increasing number and composition of their followers and the development of Sikh self identity. Professor Grewal also analyzes the emergence of Sikhism in relation to the changing historical situation of Turko-Afghan rule, the Mughal empire and its disintegration, British rule and independence.
Publication Date: 2012-03-02
This volume offers a comprehensive overview of Sikhism. It highlights the religion's origins and development as a living spiritual tradition in communities around the world. It also pays careful attention to particular events, movements, and individuals that have contributed to important changes within the tradition and challenges stereotypical notions of Sikh homogeneity and stasis, addressing the plurality of identities within the Sikh tradition, both historically and within the contemporary milieu. Extensive attention is paid to the role of women as well as the dominant social and kinship structures undergirding Punjabi Sikh society, many of which have been widely transplanted through Sikh migration. The migration patterns are themselves examined, with particular focus on Sikh communities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Finally, the volume concludes with a brief exploration of Sikhs and the Internet and the future of Sikhism.
Publication Date: 2005-12-08
This book is one of the first to introduce newcomers to Sikhism's meanings, beliefs, practices, rituals, and festivals. I highlights the key threads in the fascinating history, from the Gurus and the development of the Sikh appearance, to martyrdom and militarization in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the diaspora. It also examines the recent proliferation of Sikh lifestyles in today's news and entertainment media. This book is an essential guide to increasing understanding of the Sikh religion and culture.
The A to Z of Sikhism by
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
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.
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
This book presents students with a careful analysis of these complex themes as they have manifested themselves in the historical evolution of the Sikh traditions and the encounter of Sikhs with modernity and the West, in the philosophical teachings of its founders and their interpretation by Sikh exegetes, and in Sikh ethical and intellectual responses to contemporary issues in an increasingly secular and pluralistic world. "Sikhism: A Guide for the Perplexed" serves as an ideal guide to Sikhism, and also for students of Asian studies, Sociology of Religion and World Religions.