Sikhi, Sikhs and Caste: Lived Experiences in a Global Context

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 1042

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK
Interests: caste issues and gender dynamics amongst Punjabis; Sikhs specifically

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will bring together contributions discussing the role played by caste amongst Sikhs in contemporary times from a global perspective.  It is often remarked that the Sikh Gurus set out to abolish the caste system per se.  However, much of the justification often given for this statement is based on an over-simplified understanding of a) what ‘caste’ refers to; 2) how caste operates in the Panjab, and amongst Sikhs specifically.

Papers that explore the conjecture around the role played by caste amongst Sikhs to encapsulate lived experiences of how zat (caste) manifests itself on a practical level are welcome. Legislating against caste-based discrimination not just in India but in the UK and USA very much emphasises that caste is deeply entrenched in the India psyche. This Special Issue of Religions sets out to encapsulate such views and activism taking place on a global level. It also invites discussions around the reality of caste amongst Sikhs, and regarding how, in the UK in particular, many Gurdwaras are caste-based institutions. From the Reservations made for Dalits in Panjab India, to the amendment of the Equality Act in the UK, and to the legislation on caste in the USA, this Special Issue brings together key debates around caste amongst the global Panth (Sikh community).

You are invited to submit an abstract of 250 words highlighting your contribution to this much awaited volume, which will collate papers of 8000–10,000 words each.

Kindly send your abstracts to Dr. Opinderjit Kaur Takhar (

The submission deadline for the full manuscript is 31 May 2024.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Opinderjit Kaur Takhar
Guest Editor

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  • activism
  • /bani/
  • caste
  • egalitarianism
  • endogamy
  • equality
  • legislation
  • Panjabi culture
  • pollution
  • purity
  • Sikhi
  • /zat/

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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