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VOYAUsing a basic chronological scheme for organization, this resource contains themed chapters that provide excellent information for the general reader wishing to learn about the basic history, development, and beliefs of the faith. The book discusses Sikh's roots in Hindi/Indian faith and culture, as well as the Islamic influences it received. Of special note is the section on key terms, concepts, and beliefs of Sikhism, which are compared and contrasted to Hinduism and Islam. In addition, biographical information and the affect that the ten founding gurus had over Sikh faith are provided. Historical and political relations with Indian, Arab, and Western people are given to show how Sikhism has dealt with strife and change, as well as how they are dealing with the world today, especially those living in the Western world. This series volume is full of photos and maps to help illustrate the complexities and unique characteristics of Sikhism. Its vocabulary is accessible for all readers, grades six and up and should appeal to adult readers who desire a quick, easy read. If other series books are of the same quality and organization, the whole series is an essential purchase for public and school libraries, especially since cultural, theological, historical, political, and diversity assignments and issues are commonplace in today's world. (Religions of the World). VOYA CODES: 5Q 2P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Lucent Books, 128p.; Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 12 to 18.