Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Sikhism

Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Leslie Dorrough Smith [+-]
Avila University
Leslie Dorrough Smith is Professor of Religious Studies at Avila University and a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty.
Steven W Ramey [+-]
University of Alabama
Steven W. Ramey is a Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, where he also directs the Asian Studies Program.

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This chapter explores and then interrogates four different representations of Sikhism. The chapter begins by focusing on Sikhism as a type of devotion to the lineage of gurus that began with Nanak. The second representation emphasizes the philosophical construction of the divine as being formless, a notion that, traditionally, rejected some of the practices that we could label as Hinduism. The third representation features the notion of service within Sikhism, which many Sikhs argue is distinctive of the movement: that they work to defend the human dignity of all. The final representation in this chapter focuses on Sikhism as a legal classification, with particular emphasis on the process of Sikhism being recognized as a separate religion from Hinduism.

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Dorrough Smith, Leslie; Ramey, Steven. Sikhism. Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 389-423 Feb 2024. ISBN 9781800503762. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44603. Date accessed: 19 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44603. Feb 2024

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