One of the world’s youngest religions, Sikhism was founded about 500 years ago in northern India. The Sikhs believe in the Ultimate Reality as a formless force that is above all things and yet present in them at the same time. They reject all distinctions based on social class and race and emphasize the importance of service to both community and family. In the 21st century, Sikhism faces new challenges and a geographical reach spanning the globe. In India, where Manmohan Singh became the first minority prime minister in 2004, Sikhs are still working to gain greater political independence. In the West, the faith is attempting to adapt to a new culture while also sharing its universal teachings. Sikhism, Third Edition describes the basic tenets of Sikhism, tells the engaging story of its growth in India, examines the recent move toward greater political independence within the Indian nation, the effects of Hindu nationalism on the Sikh community, and issues of cultural adaptation, persecution, and subsequent education now taking place in the West.
- The belief in the Supreme Ultimate Reality
- Sikh ethics
- The Five K’s
- Guru Nanak and the Origins of the Sikh Faith
- The Guru Granth, Sikhism’s sacred text.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Map. Sidebars. Fact file. Bibliography. Further reading and Web sites. Glossary. Index.
About the Author(s)
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is the Crawford Family Professor of Religion and former department chair at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She has published extensively in the field of Sikhism.