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Sikh Indentity: Continuity and Change

N. Gerald Barrier (Author) Pashaura Singh (Author)
Synopsis The collection of seventeen essays, two critical introductions, and a keynote speech, resulted from an International Conference on ‘Sikh identity: Continuity and Change’ held at the University of Michigan in 1996. The contributions are in four sections which include introductions and keynote speech: symbols of identity and Sikh tradition; recent Sikh history and issues of identity; and politics, social issues and contemporary Sikh identity. The scholarship covers a wide range of important issues pertaining to the complex process of ‘coming to be’, a class notion of identity. Emphasized are the connections between formal, conscious and organized processes of institutional development/identity markers and the informal, unconscious and spiritual ways in which people come to know themselves. These in turn fashion responses to how others understand and accept identity. The papers address ‘Who is a Sikh?’ and provide insights from disciplines such as history, sociology, anthropology, political science and religion. Doctrine, code of conduct, historical interpretation, authority, and creative response to changing circumstances are issues that do not lend themselves to easy solutions. Yet an open exchange of ideas and alternatives hopefully should reduce tension and lead to a resolution of differences acceptable to Sikhs as a whole. This volume makes a positive contribution toward that process.
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About the authors

N. Gerald Barrier

N. Gerald Barrier is Professor of History and a Middlebush Chair in the Social Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Pashaura Singh

Pashaura Singh is Assistant Professor of Sikh Studies and Punjabi Language, University of Michigan, USA.

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Title Sikh Indentity: Continuity and Change
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173044015
length 397p., Illustrations.