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"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

About the Author

Cole has written and edited many books on Sikhism, Hinduism and Christianity.
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  • Series: Understanding Faith
  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press Ltd. (September 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903765153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903765159
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a Sikh and have read multiple books about Sikhism from Sikh and Indian authors but I wanted an "outsiders" view on the religion with an unbaised approach. This books fits that criteria perfectly. It is easy to read and very well written (short sentences). Remind yourselves that it is not a "treatise" on religion but a very good introduction to the subject (unfortunately there are not many books about Sikhism). If you looking for a book that goes in larger details, I would recommend Gopal Singh, History of a Sikh People. Happy reading!
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This book seems to present itself as an introduction to Sikhism but the book also assumes a great deal of background knowledge about Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism. Since I have a background knowledge of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism, I was able to understand the book but it is not written clearly and the order of the presentation of topics is bizarre. The book overall appears disorganized. The book did not catch my interest even though I am very interested in learning more about Sikhism. I teach Philosophy at the community college level and I have also begun to teach Comparative Religion. Since I have no formal training in Sikhism or Jainism I have been making a special effort to increase my knowledge of those religions. I did not learn much from this book that I didn't already know and I don't believe the book would have made much sense without my prior knowledge. I would certainly not recommend this book to my students.
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an easy way to learn about the wonderful religion of Sikhism
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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 reader's part. 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.

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.
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"This is a rich read, a sharing of deep experience of the Sikh tradition... However widely readers have already read on Sikhism they will find illuninating detail and interpretation." -- Interreligious Insight
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