The Sikhs: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices / Edition 2

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Overview

This second edition of The Sikhs is an indispensable, comprehensive and reliable guide to anyone with an interest in the Sikh religion and community. Sikhism is increasingly capturing the attention of students and scholars of history and sociology, as well as religion. … All major aspects of the religion are covered: its history and development, the Sikh scriptures, worship, ceremonies and festivals, religious thought, daily life and ethics.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A superb multi-dimensional introduction to Sikh thought and practice… this brief yet thorough work on one of India’s most important religious groups should be found in every library.”  —Choice

“It is an important book and there is nothing like it in the field. I have used it on my own courses on Sikhism in Columbia and students enjoyed reading it.”  —Professor Gurinder Singh Mann

From the Publisher

“A superb multi-dimensional introduction to Sikh thought and practice… this brief yet thorough work on one of India’s most important religious groups should be found in every library.”  —Choice

“It is an important book and there is nothing like it in the field. I have used it on my own courses on Sikhism in Columbia and students enjoyed reading it.”  —Professor Gurinder Singh Mann

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781898723134
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Religious Beliefs & Practices Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Piara Singh Sambhi was a prominent member of the Sikh community in Britain. He took a leading part in the development of the Chapeltown gurdwara in Leeds and became its president in 1967. He wrote several books, including The Guru Granth Sahib, which was published posthumously in 1994, and Understanding Your Sikh Neighbour. Owen Cole has written widely on Religious Education as well as Sikhism. The last book which he and Piara Singh wrote together was Sikhism and Christianity.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Illustrations
Preface
Glossary
1 The religious background of Guru Nanak 1
2 The place of the Ten Gurus in the Sikh religion 8
3 The Sikh scriptures 44
4 Gurdwara and Sikh worship 58
5 Sikh religious thought 67
6 Daily life, ceremonies and festivals 106
7 Ethics 142
8 The attitude of Sikhism towards other religions 153
9 Sikhism 1708 to the present day 161
10 The Sikh dispersion 182
App. 1 Rahit Maryada (a guide to the Sikh way of life) 200
App. 2 Ardas 209
App. 3 The structure of the Guru Granth Sahib 212
Primary sources for the study of Sikhism 218
Secondary sources and additional bibliography 221
Index 228
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