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The Sikhs

by Patwant Singh

  • ISBN: 9780385502061
  • ISBN10: 0385502060

The Sikhs

by Patwant Singh

  • List Price: $19.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group
  • Publish date: 07/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780385502061
  • ISBN10: 0385502060
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Description: Founded in India five hundred years ago, the Sikh faith has stirred controversy in its homeland and curiosity throughout the world ever since. The Sikhs defied the caste system, rejected the authority of Hindu priests, forbade magic and idolatry, and promoted the equality of men and women -- practices that incurred the wrath of both Hindus and Muslims. In our own era, the Sikhs' continuing battle against hostile regimes is epitomized by the 1984 burning of their holy shrine, the Golden Temple of Amritsar, by the Indian Army.

In the first book written for a mainstream audience in this country, Patwant Singh tells the full story of the Sikhs. He shows how a movement based on tenets of compassion and harmony transformed itself, of necessity, into a community that values bravery and military prowess as well as spirituality. He chronicles the daring conquests and the enlightened leadership behind the founding of the Sikh empire and explains the cultural and religious significance of their distinctive codes of dress and conduct -- including why male Indian Sikhs bear the surname Singh ("lion").

Over the course of the centuries, the Sikh soldier became the exemplar of discipline and courage. Now numbering nearly twenty million worldwide, the Sikhs are known and admired as well for their commitment to education, their business acumen, and their enterprising spirit. Arguing that these qualities are vital to his country's success in the modern world, Singh calls for the full acceptance of Sikhs within Indian society.

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