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Understanding the Sikh Diaspora

Sikhism in Global Context edited by Pashaura Singh (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2011; pp 281, Rs 745.

An outcome of a seminar, this work on Sikhism is a compilation of about a dozen essays by social scientists and scholars from the west, the only exception being Himadri Banerjee. The effort covers a broad spectrum of Sikh philosophy and faith that has been inadequately understood and, at times, misunderstood. “Hedged in” between Hinduism and Islam, Sikhism has been interpreted in the context of the turbulent history of India, especially the colossal events of the 19th and 20th centuries. The book is of considerable benefit to scholars of the Sikh religion, historians, and general readers who have a keen interest in Sikh religion and philosophy.

The growth of Sikh studies in recent decades has resulted in greater attention being given to Sikh history and culture. Written in honour of two pioneers of Sikh studies – W H McLeod and N Gerald B­arrier – the book covers various aspects of Sikh historiography, the Sikh diaspora and other issues related to the community. A diverse range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Sikh studies is in evidence here. Besides the introduction, which gives an overview of this discussion, the volume is divided into 12 chapters.

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