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Interrogating Gender in Sikh Tradition and Practice

South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8, Canada
Religions 2020, 11(1), 34;
Received: 16 October 2019 / Revised: 28 November 2019 / Accepted: 25 December 2019 / Published: 8 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exploring Gender and Sikh traditions)
In contemporary Sikh society, what we consider religious is constantly being challenged, but for Sikhs, what remain constant are Sikhi’s sacred texts—they continue to be the paramount teacher and guide. Within this consistency, I ask the question: how can Sikh feminist ideas of representation and identity find expression in response to our understanding/practice of our faith, our institutions, and of the everyday Sikh symbols? This paper critically examines the gendered nature of the Guru Granth, practices within the gurdwaras, and focuses on a part of the Rahit Maryada (Code of Conduct) as an area of exploration in the understanding of the everyday ascribed five symbols of Sikhi (punj kakar) through a feminist lens. I undertake this in order to gain a gendered appreciation of how the scriptures, religious institutions, and the articles of faith resonate with the feminine.
Keywords: Sikhs; gender; Siri Guru Granth; Rahit Maryada; punj kakar; gurdwara; feminist thought Sikhs; gender; Siri Guru Granth; Rahit Maryada; punj kakar; gurdwara; feminist thought
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Bains, S.K. Interrogating Gender in Sikh Tradition and Practice. Religions 2020, 11, 34.

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