Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Sep 22, 2005 - Religion - 176 pages
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The Sikh religion has a following of over 20 million people worldwide and is one of the largest religions in the world. However, events such as the verbal and physical attacks on Sikhs just after September 11 indicated that Sikhs were being mistaken for Muslims, and suggests that the raising of sufficient and appropriate awareness about Sikhism still needs to be addressed. This book will introduce newcomers to the meaning of Sikhism, and its practices, rituals, and festivals. The key threads in the fascinating history of the religion will be highlighted, from the Gurus and the development of the Sikh look, to martyrdom and militarization in the 17th and 18th Centuries and the diaspora. Eleanor Nesbitt brings the subject completely up to date with an examination of gender and caste, referring to contemporary film, such as Bend It Like Beckham, and media reports. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

A succinct overview of Sikh history, doctrine, and culture. It discusses various movements within Sikhism and conveys their common elements without hiding their differences. It's clear that (as with ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

Again, a very readable introduction to the topic, this time, Sikhism. Seemed to give a balanced view of the differing sects within the religion. Indexed with an extensive reading list. Glossary. Read full review


List of illustrations
Chapter 1Introduction
Chapter 2Guru Nanak and his first successors
Chapter 3Guru Granth Sahib
Chapter 4Turban Khalsa and codes of conduct
Chapter 5The shaping of modern Sikhism
Chapter 6Sikhism outside India
Chapter 7Attitudes to caste gender and other faiths
Chapter 8Sikhism and the third millennium
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Eleanor Nesbitt specialises in ethnographic study of the UK's Hindu and Sikh communities. She is Reader in Religions and Education at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick. Her books include: Intercultural Education: Ethnographic and Religious Approaches; Interfaith Pilgrims; The Religious Lives of Sikh Children: A Coventry Based Study; Guru Nanak (with Gopinder Kaur) ; and Hindu Children in Britain (with Robert Jackson).

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