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Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #132)

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The Sikh religion has a following of over 20 million people worldwide and is ranked as the world's fifth largest religion. However, events such as the verbal and physical attacks on Sikhs just after September 11 indicated that they were being mistaken for Muslims, and suggests that the raising of sufficient and appropriate awareness about Sikhism still needs to be addresse ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published December 8th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 12th 2005)
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Nathaniel
Although I've been interested in Sikhism for a long time, this is the first book I've read on the topic. Therefore, I'm not remotely qualified to comment on how accurately or comprehensively it covers the subject material.

I feel like it did a pretty good job of introducing me to the history, culture, and theology of the Sikh faith, however. So it got the job down. This is commendable, given how remarkably different Sikhism is from my own faith tradition (Mormonism). There are definitely some su
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C. Derick Varn
Despite being, as the title says, very short, this introduction to Sikhism gives vital historical, religious, and critical context for the emerging world faith. Nesbitt covers both Punjabi and diaspora concerns with an eye for the turbulent role of Sikh nationalism and differentiation from Hindus and Muslims have put pressures on Sikhism. Nesbitt also is quite good at some of the contradictory interactions that the ethnics of the Panth demand on Sikhs class with both Punjabi and diaspora cultura ...more
Kate F
Another of my OU set books but unlike some of the others that I have had to read, this has explained Sikhism to me in an easy to understand format given the complexities of the subject. It is indeed a very short introduction but it is a very good one too.
Nick
This reminded me why I like Sikhism, and why I like the Very Short Introduction series.

There is this thread of philosophy in Hinduism, most obviously in the Bhagavad Gita, in which people are encouraged to be renunciates while simultaneously living in the world and fulfilling the duties which that entails. Sikhism takes that idea even more seriously than Hinduism (it as no sanyasi stage of life). The commitment to be detached from the consequences of action, but also live in the world. is very n
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Anuj
This book is a decent introduction to Sikhism and the range of topics it covers makes it very useful as an initial prologue to the religion. Unfortunately, this book places an inordinate level of emphasis on the sociology of Sikhism and there is very little treatment of Sikh theology. But, of course, perhaps this says more about Sikh theology in general than it does about the author and her style of presentation. Certainly the chapters examining the political and social contexts within which Sik ...more
Kevin de Ataíde
All religions today are called 'faiths,' the way I perceive that secularists use to equate all religions. Sikhs, I think, would refer to what we call Sikhism as teaching or wisdom. It seems to me that Sikhs would be less receptive to the patronising tone used by Western secularists to address all non-Christian religions.



With as many Sikh friends as I have, it's strange that I don't know much about this religion. Hence my reason for picking this little book up. Perhaps it will lead me to a bigger
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David Glad
This was my first introduction to Oxford's Very Short Introduction line of books.

I had first become aware of Sikhs from Madhur Jefrrey's Curry Nation show where there was a brief mention about them and their hospitality and was curious on learning more. This definitely would be a great source of trying to absorb as much as possible in as little time, similar to trying to learn basics of a language by the time you land in a foreign destination and certainly always great to avoid the appearance of
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Bojan Tunguz
My interest in Religion stems primarily from the desire to learn about faith and beliefs, and their metaphysical underpinnings. So when I pick up a book in order to learn about a religion that is different from my own, I have an expectation that the major part of that book will deal with the subject matter of those beliefs. Regrettably, that is not the case with this very short introduction. The Sikh beliefs are dealt with briefly and in a very superficial way. Most of the book deals with Sikhis ...more
Ladan F
This book is titled "A Very Short Introduction to Sikhism" yet manages to cover all of the main points about Sikhism in an interesting and readable manner. A great strength is its contemporary feel, and its up-to-date references ensure that it becomes more than just another book about religion. Dr Nesbitt demonstrates her detailed knowledge about Sikhism describing the evolution of Sikhism from Guru Nanak Dev Ji to the modern day, making this book extremely readable by describing the `story' of ...more
Brad
Wonderful introductary on a religion few know much (if anything) about.
Jenny
Interesting information about a religion I knew very little about beyond the assassination of Ms. Ghandi. There's a lot more there (obviously), and I found the development of the religion and its mythos fascinating. The book is fairly well organized and easy to read.
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