Sikhism and its changing social structure

Authored by: Surinder S. Jodhka , Kristina Myrvold

Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415635035
eBook ISBN: 9781315758534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636465


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With a population of around 25 million, the Sikhs constitute a small but distinctive religious group in the world today. 1 Even though Sikhs do not have a nation-state in which they are in a majority, a large proportion of them live in India where they make for a little less than two per cent of the total population. An interesting aspect of the Sikh demographics is their emergence as a dominant and numerically majority group in the north-western state of Punjab on the Indian side, especially after the partition in 1947, and consequently the Indian Punjab has come to be seen as a ‘homeland’ of the Sikhs.

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