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One of the world's youngest religions, Sikhism was founded about 500 years ago in the Punjab region, which now straddles the border between India and Pakistan. Although most of its followers still live in the Indian part of Punjab, many have spread to other areas of the world. Rejecting all distinctions based on social class and race, the religion emphasizes the importance of service, family, and community. Sikhism, Third Edition describes the basic tenets of Sikhism, examines the recent move toward greater ...

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Overview

One of the world's youngest religions, Sikhism was founded about 500 years ago in the Punjab region, which now straddles the border between India and Pakistan. Although most of its followers still live in the Indian part of Punjab, many have spread to other areas of the world. Rejecting all distinctions based on social class and race, the religion emphasizes the importance of service, family, and community. Sikhism, Third Edition describes the basic tenets of Sikhism, examines the recent move toward greater political independence within the Indian nation, and covers issues of cultural adaptation, persecution, and subsequent education now taking place in the West.

Almost from the start of civilization more than 10,000 years ago, religion has shaped human history. Today more than half the world's population adhere to a major religion or indigenous spiritual tradition. In societies throughout the world, increasing ethnic and cultural diversity has led to a variety of religions being practiced side by side. This makes it vital that we understand as much as we can about the world's religions.

Rigorously nonsectarian, the books in the World Religions series offer clear, accessible overviews of the major religious traditions of our time, including

Geographical distribution

Origins and history

Central beliefs, rituals, and sacred sites

Contributions to world civilization

Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and sidebars, a map, fact file, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and index are included to help readers gain a more complete understanding of the subject at hand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131147
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: World Religions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Chapter 1 Introduction: Sikhism and the Modern World 8

Chapter 2 Guru Nanak and the Origins of the Sikh Faith 20

Chapter 3 Sikh Tradition and the Guru Granth 36

Chapter 4 Sikh Thought 54

Chapter 5 Sikh Ethics 66

Chapter 6 Religious Life and Rites of Passage 74

Chapter 7 Sacred Space and Altered Time 98

Chapter 8 Women and Sikhism 118

Chapter 9 Sikh Tradition and Modern Culture 126

Fact File and Bibliography 138

Further Reading and Web Sites 139

Glossary 140

Index 141

About the Author and Series Editors 144

Picture Credits 144

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