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.
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.
Table of contents
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