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This volume offers a comprehensive overview of Sikhism, which originated in India's Punjab region five hundred years ago. While acknowledging the centrality of history and text in understanding the main tenets of Sikhism, Doris Jakobsh highlights the religion's origins and development as a living spiritual tradition in communities around the world.
Extensive attention is paid to the role of women as well as the dominant social and kinship structures undergirding Punjabi Sikh society, many of which have been widely transplanted through Sikh migration. The migration patterns are themselves examined, with particular focus on Sikh communities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Finally, the volume concludes with a brief exploration of Sikhs and the Internet and the future of Sikhism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824835330
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 03/02/2012
Series: Dimensions of Asian Spirituality Series , #9
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Henry Rosemont, Jr. is currently a visiting scholar in the Religious Studies Department at Brown University.

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Sikhism 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read for beginners, or people who just want to be introduced to the Sikh religion. It is written for anyone to read easily. I really enjoyed reading about the first Guru, Guru Nanak and the stories involving him, just like I enjoy reading Biblical stories. I find Guru Nanak the most interesting to read about, and I also enjoyed reading about the rest of the Gurus as well --their stories and life. I enjoy stories, mythologies and history. This book flew by in the beginning, but I haven't gotten to finishing it yet. I am still too interested researching about the lives of the Guru's to finish reading it. It gives a comprehensive look into Sikh history, people, traditions, rituals, and Sikhism today. Hope that helped. Table of Contents (below) 1. The Sources of Sikh Tradition [PAGE 1] 2. Sikh History [PAGE 8] 3. Sikh Beliefs, Institutions and Rituals [PAGE 48] 4. Sikh Society [PAGE 72] 5. Sikh Diaspora [PAGE 84] 6. Sikh Diversity [PAGE 105] 7. Conclusion: Sikh in the Twenty-First Century [PAGE 112] Sources Cited and (*my favorite part*) Recommended Readings [PAGE 119]