Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism, Volume 1

History, Literature, Society, Beyond Punjab

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Editors-in-Chief: Knut A. Jacobsen and Gurinder Singh Mann
Associate Editors: Kristina Myrvold and Eleanor Nesbitt
Edited by Knut A. Jacobsen and Gurinder Singh Mann (Editors-in-Chief) and Kristina Myrvold and Eleanor Nesbitt (Associate Editors)
Sikhism is one of the most important religious traditions of South Asian origin. Sikhs are historically connected to the Punjab region in South Asia, but their religious traditions are transnational and have a worldwide presence. The study of their history and traditions has become a significant field of scholarship and research, but no academic, authoritative, and up-to-date reference work exists. Brill’s Encyclopedia of Sikhism aims to make available in-depth critical scholarship on all the main aspects of the Sikh traditions in a number of original essays written by the world's foremost scholars on Sikhs and Sikh traditions.
The encyclopedia is thematic and seeks to present a balanced and impartial view of the Sikh traditions in all their multiplicity and as both historical and contemporary institutions. The articles, published in two volumes, focus on history, literature, and the rich social landscape of the Sikh community; their practices, places, arts, and performances; specialists and leadership; migration both within South Asia and beyond; and contemporary issues and relations.

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Knut A. Jacobsen is professor in the history of religions at the University of Bergen, Norway, and author of numerous publications on various aspects of religions in South Asia and in the South Asian diasporas.
Gurinder Singh Mann taught Sikh studies at Columbia University, New York (1988-1999), and the University of California, Santa Barbara (1999-2015). He is currently the director of the Global Institute for Sikh Studies, New York, United States.
Kristina Myrvold is associate professor of the study of religions at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She has directed several research projects on the Sikh religion and has published numerous works on Sikh religious practices and migration.
Eleanor Nesbitt is professor emerita (religions and education) at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. She is a founder member of the Punjab Research Group and has published extensively on the Sikh tradition.
I. HISTORY
Bābā Nānak and the Founding of the Sikh Panth
From Gurū Aṅgad to Gurū Arjan
From Gurū Hargobind to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh
Bandā Siṅgh Bahādur and the Rise of Sikh Power
Early Sikh Darbārs
Mahārāja Raṇjīt Siṅgh and His Times
In the 20th Century
Partition
In the Modern World

II.a LITERATURE (SACRED)
Gurū Granth: The Scripture of the Sikhs
Gurū Granth: Ceremonial Treatment
Gurū Granth: History of Its Digitization
Gurū Granth: Use of Its Digitization
Bhagat Bāṇī
Bhaṭṭ Bāṇī

II.b LITERATURE (HISTORICAL)
Sākhīs about the Founder
Vārs of Gurdās Bhallā
Rahit Literature
Ẓafarnāma
Srī Gur Sobhā
Bansāvalīnāma and Mahimā Prakāś

III. SOCIETY
Contemporary Sikh Society
Caste from a Historical Perspective
Caste from a Contemporary Perspective
Gender
Transnational Family

III.a SOCIAL DIVERSITY
Jaṭṭs
Khatrīs and Aroṛās
Rāmgaṛhīās
Dalits
Sikligars
Bhaṭṛas

III.b RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY
Farīd in the Gurū Granth
Kabīr in the Gurū Granth
Ravidās in the Gurū Granth
Choṭā Mel (Mīṇās)
Hindālīā
Nihaṅg and Nihaṅg: British Perspective
Niraṅkārī
Nāmdhārī
19th-21st-Century Sants
Nanaksar
Radhasoami
Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevak Jatha
Sachkhand Nanak Dham
Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere

IV. BEYOND PUNJAB
Sikh Migration
India
Australia
Belgium
Burma
Canada
China Including Hong Kong
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Italy
Japan
Malaysia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
United Kingdom
United States
Ghadar Movement
Sikhs and the World Wars
Globalization of the Panth