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The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies innovatively combines the ways in which scholars from fields as diverse as philosophy, psychology, religious studies, literary studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics have integrated the study of Sikhism within a wide range of critical and postcolonial perspectives on the nature of religion, violence, gender, ethno-nationalism, and revisionist historiography. A number of essays within this collection also provide a more practical dimension, written by artists and practitioners of the tradition.

The handbook is divided into eight thematic sections that explore different "expressions" of Sikhism. Historical, literary, ideological, institutional, and artistic expressions are considered in turn, followed by discussion of Sikhs in the Diaspora, and of caste and gender in the Panth. Each section begins with an essay by a prominent scholar in the field, providing an overview of the topic. Further essays provide detail and further treat the fluid, multivocal nature of both the Sikh past and the present. The handbook concludes with a section considering future directions in Sikh Studies.

Author Biography

Pashaura Singh is Professor and Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

Louis E. Fenech is Professor of South Asian and Sikh History at the University of Northern Iowa.

Table of Contents

I. Historical Expressions
1. An Overview of Sikh History, Pashaura Singh
2. The Evolution of the Sikh Tradition, Louis E. Fenech
3. Eighteenth-century Sikh History, Purnima Dhavan
4. The Sikh Kingdom, Sunit Singh
5. Colonial Formations of Sikhism, Navdeep S. Mandair
6. Sikhs in Independent India, Joginder Singh
7. Representations of Sikh History, Anne Murphy
II. Literary Expressions
8. Survey of Literature on the Sikh Tradition, Christopher Shackle
9. The Guru Granth Sahib, Pashaura Singh
10. The Dasam Granth, Robin Rinehart
11. Works of Bhai Gurdas, Rahuldeep Singh Gill
12. Works of Bhai Nand Lal Goya, Louis E. Fenech
13. Sectarian Works, Hardip Singh Syan
14. Pre-colonial Sikh Literature, Toby Johnson
15. Sikhism in 20th Century Punjabi Literature, Tejwant Singh Gill
16. Western Writers on the Sikhs, Harpreet Singh
17. Linguistic and Philological Approaches to Sikh Literature, Michael C. Shapiro
III: Ideological Expressions
18. Gurmat: The Teachings of the Gurus, Pashaura Singh
19. The Khalsa and the Rahit, Louis E. Fenech
20. Sikh Intersections with Other Religions, W. Owen Cole
21. Secular and Religious (Miri/Piri) Domains in Sikhism, Virinder Kalra
22. Sikh Nationalism, Giorgio Shani
23. Postcolonial and Postmodern Perspectives on Sikhism, Balbinder S. Bhogal
24. Sikh Philosophy, Arvind-pal S. Mandair
IV. Institutional Expressions
25. Sikh Institutions, Michael Hawley
26. The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), Kashmir Singh
27. The Akali Dal, Amarjit Singh Narang
28. Sikh Sects, Opinderjit Kaur Takhar
29. Sikh Sants and their Establishments in India and Abroad, Eleanor Nesbitt
30. Taksals, Akharas, and Nihang Deras, Paramjit Singh Judge
31. Global Sikhism, Mark Juergensmeyer
V. Artistic Expressions
32. Sikh Music, Gurnam Singh
33. Sikh Cultural Performances, Michael Nijhawan
34. Sikh Art, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
35. The Darbar Sahib, Charles Townsend
36. The Khalsa Heritage Complex, Will Glover
37. Sikh Material Culture, Anne Murphy
38. Sikh Martial Art (Gatka), Kamalroop Singh
39. Sikhi through Internet, Films & Videos, Susan Elizabeth Prill
40. Sikh Culture and Punjabiyat, Pritam Singh & Meena Dhanda
VI. Diasporic Expressions
41. Sikhs in the Diaspora, Darshan Singh Tatla
42. Sikhs in mainland European countries, Kristina Myrvold
43. Sikhs as a Racial and Religious Minority in the U.S., Jaideep Singh
44. Sikhs living beyond Punjab in India, Himadri Banerjee
45. Sikh Migrations, Diasporas and Transnational Practices, Shinder S. Thandi
46. Punjabi Sikhs and Gora Sikhs, Verne A. Dusenbery
47. Khalistan as Political Critique, Cynthia Mahmood
VII. Expressions of Caste & Gender in the Panth
48. Changing Manifestations of Caste in the Panth, Surinder S. Jodhka
49. Gender in Sikh Traditions, Doris Jakobsh
50. A Feminist Interpretation of Sikh Scripture, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
VIII. Future Trajectories
51. New Directions in Sikh Studies, Pashaura Singh

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