Fighting for Faith and Nation: Dialogues with Sikh Militants

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Aug 3, 2010 - Political Science - 328 pages
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The ethnic and religious violence that characterized the late twentieth century calls for new ways of thinking and writing about politics. Listening to the voices of people who experience political violence—either as victims or as perpetrators—gives new insights into both the sources of violent conflict and the potential for its resolution.

Drawing on her extensive interviews and conversations with Sikh militants, Cynthia Keppley Mahmood presents their accounts of the human rights abuses inflicted on them by the state of India as well as their explanations of the philosophical tradition of martyrdom and meaningful death in the Sikh faith. While demonstrating how divergent the world views of participants in a conflict can be, Fighting for Faith and Nation gives reason to hope that our essential common humanity may provide grounds for a pragmatic resolution of conflicts such as the one in Punjab which has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the past fifteen years.

 

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Mahmood (Frisian and Free: Study of an Ethnic Minority of the Netherlands, Waveland, 1989) undertook this investigation as a study of the anthropology of violence and based her interviews solely on ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Of Nightmares and Contacts
1
2 The Fragrance of Jasmine
26
3 A SaintSoldier
50
4 Blue Star
73
5 Why Khalistan?
107
6 Drawing the Sword
135
7 Three Fighters
167
8 Playing the Game of Love
185
9 The Princess and the Lion
213
10 Culture Resistance and Dialogue
235
11 Looking into Dragons
262
Notes
277
Glossary
293
Bibliography
297
Index
307
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Cynthia Keppley Mahmood is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maine, Orono.

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