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dc.contributor.authorTakhar, Opinderjit Kaur
dc.contributor.editorSingh, Pashaura
dc.contributor.editorFenech, Louis E.
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-13T13:24:04Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-13T13:24:04Zen
dc.date.issued2014-03
dc.identifier.citationIn: Pashaura Singh and Louis E. Fenech (eds), Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies: Chapter 28
dc.identifier.isbn9780199699308
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/605183
dc.description.abstractThis article discusses the issues and implications associated with attempting to provide a homogenous definition of Sikh identity that encompasses all ‘Sikhs’. The existence of sects or groups which define themselves as Sikhs in one way or another present a number of contentious debates within the global Panth. Sects amongst the followers of the Sikh Gurus have existed from the very early period of the development of the Panth. The diversity in the practical expression of Sikhi prompted the Singh Sabha’s efforts towards establishing a homogenous Sikh identity which later became synonymous with the Khalsa paradigm. There are some sects amongst Sikhs who adamantly affirm their Panthic identity such as the Namdharis and Nirankaris. However, there are a significant number of individuals who are actively seeking their total break-off from the Panth in order to assert an independent non-Sikh (and non-Hindu) identity. In this case, the efforts of the Ravidassias and Valmikis are significant.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199699308.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199699308-e-011
dc.subjectSikh identity
dc.subjectSingh Sabha
dc.subjectNamdharis
dc.subjectNirankaris
dc.subjectRavidasias
dc.subjectValmikis
dc.subjectDalits
dc.subjectSikh Rahit Maryada
dc.subjectsects within the Panth.
dc.titleSikh Sects
dc.typeChapter in book
pubs.edition1st Edition
pubs.place-of-publicationOxford, UK
dc.source.beginpage350
dc.source.endpage359
html.description.abstractThis article discusses the issues and implications associated with attempting to provide a homogenous definition of Sikh identity that encompasses all ‘Sikhs’. The existence of sects or groups which define themselves as Sikhs in one way or another present a number of contentious debates within the global Panth. Sects amongst the followers of the Sikh Gurus have existed from the very early period of the development of the Panth. The diversity in the practical expression of Sikhi prompted the Singh Sabha’s efforts towards establishing a homogenous Sikh identity which later became synonymous with the Khalsa paradigm. There are some sects amongst Sikhs who adamantly affirm their Panthic identity such as the Namdharis and Nirankaris. However, there are a significant number of individuals who are actively seeking their total break-off from the Panth in order to assert an independent non-Sikh (and non-Hindu) identity. In this case, the efforts of the Ravidassias and Valmikis are significant.


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