The Sikh religion has a following of over 20 million people
worldwide and is one of the largest religions in the world.
However, events such as the verbal and physical attacks on Sikhs
just after September 11 indicated that Sikhs were being mistaken
for Muslims, and suggests that the raising of sufficient and
appropriate awareness about Sikhism still needs to be addressed.
This book will introduce newcomers to the meaning of Sikhism, and
its practices, rituals, and festivals. The key threads in the
fascinating history of the religion will be highlighted, from the
Gurus and the development of the Sikh look, to martyrdom and
militarization in the 17th and 18th Centuries and the diaspora.
Eleanor Nesbitt brings the subject completely up to date with an
examination of gender and caste, referring to contemporary film,
such as Bend It Like Beckham, and media reports. ABOUT THE SERIES:
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