Fighting for Faith and Nation: Dialogues with Sikh Militants

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Nov 1, 1996 - History - 314 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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A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the story of Sikhs, Punjab, national and international politics, the psyche of the marginalized, and the intersection/collision of these things. Read full review

Review: Fighting for Faith and Nation

User Review  - Goodreads

A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the story of Sikhs, Punjab, national and international politics, the psyche of the marginalized, and the intersection/collision of these things. Read full review

Contents

OF NIGHTMARES AND CONTACTS
1
THE FRAGRANCE OF JASMINE
26
A SAINTSOLDIER
50
BLUE STAR
73
WHY KHALISTAN
107
DRAWING THE SWORD
135
THREE FIGHTERS
167
PLAYING THE GAME OF LOVE
185
THE PRINCESS AND THE LION
213
CULTURE RESISTANCE AND DIALOGUE
235
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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