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Sikhism

  • Builds understanding of Sikhism, Sikh concepts and practices in a global world

  • Discusses Sikhism’s interactions with other religions, its history, and political aspirations

  • Contributes to understanding Sikh traditions and identity formation

  • Analyses the relationship between complex themes such as violence and mysticism

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Encyclopedia of Indian Religions (EIR)

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Table of contents (361 entries)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. A

    1. Accuracy

      Pages 1-1
    2. Acquaintance

      Pages 1-1
    3. Actuality

      Pages 1-1
    4. Aesthetics (Sikhism)

      • Michael Nijhawan
      Pages 1-11
    5. Akali

      Pages 11-11
    6. Akali Dal

      Pages 11-11
    7. Akali/Akali Dal

      • Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair, Harjeet Singh Grewal
      Pages 11-15
    8. Akhand Path

      • Randeep Hothi
      Pages 15-16
    9. Alue

      Pages 16-16
    10. Amar Das (Guru)

      • I. J. Singh
      Pages 16-19
    11. Amritdhari

      • Randeep Hothi
      Pages 19-19
    12. Amritsar

      • Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair, Harjeet Singh Grewal
      Pages 19-23
    13. Anand Sahib

      • Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
      Pages 23-26
    14. Anhad Nad

      Pages 26-26
    15. Anna Prasanam

      Pages 26-26
    16. Annaprashana

      Pages 26-26
    17. Antithesis

      Pages 26-26
    18. Apprehension

      Pages 26-26

About this book

This volume describes Sikhism, the youngest member of the Indic religious traditions. It looks at the striking features of this tradition and describes its birth in the fifteenth century and its continual evolution between the sixteenth and late twentieth centuries into an independent formation often described as the “world’s fifth largest religion”. The volume explains how Sikhism arose at a time of religious and political ferment, a fact which left its mark on its interactions with other traditions, notably Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. The volume illustrates that Sikhism’s  political aspirations may not have been fully met by the establishment of the nation state of India in 1947, as indicated by the demand by its adherents for greater autonomy which occasionally has spilled over into claims for independence. It pays attention to the fact that Sikhism is isomorphic with Buddhism and Jainism inasmuch as the demographically minority status of all of these religious traditions conceals the vast influence they have exerted on the Indian landscape. In addition the volume analyses the relationship between complex themes such as violence and mysticism, politics and religion, tradition and modernity, as they have manifested themselves in the historical evolution of the Sikh community. It provides a useful introduction to the lives of its founders, their philosophical and ethical teachings and to Sikh responses and interactions with the world’s major religious traditions in an increasingly pluralistic world.

Keywords

  • India and diaspora
  • Sikh in india
  • diasporic Sikh
  • Indian identity
  • rational exposition of religion
  • Sikh traditions
  • Indian religion
  • religious diversity
  • Religion and Indian culture

Reviews

“Springerʹs Encyclopedia of Sikhism will be a useful compendium and resource, particularly for the westerners including the Sikh diaspora, even if it does not much deepen our understanding of the truth and message of Sikhism or its project and problematique. At any rate, all will gain an insight into how academics abroad, Sikh and non-Sikh, view important issues related to Sikhism.” (Bhupinder Singh, Journal of Sikh & Punjāb Studies JSPS, Vol. 25 (02), 2018)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

    Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

About the editor

Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair is an Associate Professor and holder of the S.B.S.C. Endowed Chair in Sikh Studies at the University of Michigan, USA. His books include: Sikhism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury, 2013), Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality and the Politics of Translation (Columbia, 2009), Teachings of the Sikh Gurus (with Christopher Shackle, 2005), Secularism and Religion-Making (Oxford, 2009). He is a founding editor of the journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 379.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-024-0846-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 499.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)