This title offers exciting new introduction to contemporary Sikhism and the issues and debates facing it in modern society. This new introduction to Sikhism aims to introduce this increasingly studied religion through the lens of contemporary issues. Illustrated throughout with examples and case studies taken from lived religion, each chapter attempts to interpret the teachings of Sikhism in a modern context and apply them to modern day scenarios. After an initial chapter providing an overview of the Sikh religion, its history and basic theological tenets, Jagbir Jhutti-Johal moves through key contemporary themes, often overlooked in other introductions: Sikhism and women, diaspora, bioethics, and ethics and morality. She concludes with a final section looking at the future for Sikhism, its relevance in modern times, and what Sikhism can contribute to society in terms of inter-religious dialogue and harmony between different communities. These useful guides aim to introduce religions through the lens of contemporary issues, illustrated throughout with examples and case studies taken from lived religion.
The perfect companion for the student of religion, each guide interprets the teachings of the religion in question in a modern context and applies them to modern day scenarios.
"Written by a British-born Sikh, this timely book addresses the challenges faced by Sikhs in the modern world. Jagbir discusses, with great clarity and sensitivity, ethical issues such as stem cell research, genetic engineering, euthanasia, abortion and other concerns. She outlines how the Sikh scipture, the Guru Granth Sahib, can be interpreted and reinterpreted in relation to these contemporary issues. She highlights the need for a creative and critical engagement with the Sikh scripture in addressing complex issues facing the Sikh community. This book will be invaluable to both graduate and undergraduate students of Religious studies, South Asia Studies, researchers, professionals in fields such as law and health care, and general readers." - Dr. Sharada Sugirtharajah, University of Birmingham, UK
1. Sikhism: the basics; 2. Sikhism and women; 3. The Sikh diaspora; 4. Bioethics; 5. Ethics and morality; 6. Sikhism: the future; Bibliography; Index.