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- 26 Aug 2004
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 192 pages - 216 x 138 x 18mm
- Understanding Faith
One of the world's major faiths with more than 20 million adherents, Sikhism is a religion which most people, including academics, seem to ignore. This introduction assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader. At the centre of the religion is the scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, it is the focus of Sikh theology and practice to the extent that no one is allowed to come between it and the believer. There is no priesthood. A particular aspect of Sikhism is its relationship with and attitude to other religions, something of particular significance in our multi-religious society.
Introduction 1. The Darbar Sahib 2. The Gurdwara and Sikh worship 3. The Sikh Gurus 4. God in Sikh Teachings 5. The Human Condition 6. The Goal of Liberation 7. How Liberation is Obtained 8. The Scriptures 9. Ethical Teachings 10. Sikh Family Life 11. Initiation 12. The Sikh Calendar, Gurpurbs and Melas 13. Sikh Attitudes to Other Religions 14. Who is a Sikh? 15. Sikhism and the Twenty-first Century Appendix: Passages of Importance to the Panth Bibliography Glossary Index
Owen Cole has taught at all stages of education from junior school to university, his two main interests have been multi-faith Religious Education and Indian religions. He is one of only four non-Sikhs to have a PhD in Sikh studies from a British university.
"Anyone - Sikh or non-Sikh, general reader, student or teacher - who is interested in learning more about the Sikh tradition is strongly recommended to read Understanding Sikhism." Interreligious Insight