Sikhism: An Introduction

Almost from the moment, some five centuries ago, that their religion was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak, Sikhs have enjoyed a distinctive identity This sense of difference, forged during Sikhism s fierce struggles with the Mughal Empire, is still symbolised by the Five Ks panj kakar, in Punjabi , those articles of faith to which all baptised Sikhs subscribe uncAlmost from the moment, some five centuries ago, that their religion was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak, Sikhs have enjoyed a distinctive identity This sense of difference, forged during Sikhism s fierce struggles with the Mughal Empire, is still symbolised by the Five Ks panj kakar, in Punjabi , those articles of faith to which all baptised Sikhs subscribe uncut hair bound in a turban comb special undergarment iron bracelet and dagger or kirpan the unique marks of the Sikh military fraternity the word Sikh means disciple in Punjabi Yet for all its ongoing attachment to the religious symbols that have helped set it apart from neighboring faiths in South Asia, Sikhism amounts to far than just signs or externals Now the world s fifth largest religion, with a significant diaspora especially in Britain and North America, this remarkable monotheistic tradition commands the allegiance of 25 million people, and is a global phenomenon In her balanced appraisal, Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh reviews the history, theology and worship of a community poised between reconciling its hereditary creeds and certainties with the fast paced pressures of modernity She outlines and explains the core Sikh beliefs, and explores the writings and teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus in Sikhism s Holy Scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib usually called just the Granth Further chapters explore Sikh ethics, art and architecture, and matters of gender and the place of women in the tradition The book attractively combines the warm empathy of a Sikh with the objective insights and acute perspectives of a prominent scholar of religion.
Sikhism An Introduction Almost from the moment some five centuries ago that their religion was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak Sikhs have enjoyed a distinctive identity This sense of difference forged during Sikhism

  • Title: Sikhism: An Introduction
  • Author: Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
  • ISBN: 9781848853218
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Sikhism: An Introduction”

    1. Quite an enlightening read about Sikhism. Miss Singh goes into detail not only about the history of the religion but also spends a chapter discussing the metaphysics, ethics and esthetics in depth, as well as another chapter looking at the various practices and rituals of the religion. She then turns her gaze to how it can be, and how it has been, interpreted in light of feminism, and how Sikh's can embrace this again. She then spends a detailed chapter of Sikh art, something quite interesting g [...]

    2. This book opened my eyes to the beauty of the Sikh world. It explained in simple detail the origins of the Sikh faith, as well as all the other who, what, why and where's. I would recommend it for anyone who has a Sikh friend and wants to understand the beautiful history of their friend's cultural background.

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