Sikhism - Simple Guides

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THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU • to appreciate one of the historic religions of the Indian subcontinent • to understand what it means to be a Sikh, especially the guru—disciple relationship • to recognize the key festivals of the Sikh year and the different aspects of Sikh worship and practice • to avoid faux pas in conversation, in travelling and in personal relationships ACCESS THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS Simple Guides: Religions is a series of concise, accessible introductions to the world’s major religions. Written by experts in the field, they offer an engaging and sympathetic description of the key concepts, beliefs and practices of different faiths. Ideal for spiritual seekers and travellers alike, Simple Guides aims to open the doors of perception. Together the books provide a reliable compass to the world’s great spiritual traditions, and a point of reference for further exploration and discovery. By offering essential insights into the core values, customs and beliefs of different societies, they also enable visitors to be aware of the cultural sensibilities of their hosts, and to behave in a way that fosters mutual respect and understanding.


Sewa Singh Kalsi is a lecturer in Sikh Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. He has published widely on the development of the Sikh tradition in Britain, and is author of The Evolution of a Sikh Community in Britain (University of Leeds, 1992). He is a member of the British Association for the Study of Religions, and the Punjab Research Group, UK.