Sikhs, Sovereignty and Modern Government

Author: Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

Link: “Sikhs, Sovereignty and Modern Government” in Religion as a Category of Government and Sovereignty, ed. Timothy Fitzgerald, Naomi Goldenberg and Trevor Stack, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishing, 2015

About: Arvind-Pal Mandair contributes an essay in this important volume edited by Timothy Fitzgerald, Trevor Stack and Naomi Goldenberg. Mandair’s essay ends with a look at contemporary Britain, but his starting point is British colonial history in India and its national aftermath. Mandair looks specifically at how Sikhs positioned themselves in relation to ‘religion’ in multiple contexts through the period. The focus of the first section is on the Sikh Akali movement which defines itself as ‘religious’ from the 1920s while its opponents, from the British to Gandhi’s Congress, accused it of being political. Mandair also looks at the fate of Sikhs abroad in relation to multicultural societies.


Arvind-Pal S. Mandair
Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures 

Tara Singh & Balwant Kaur Chattha, Gurbax Singh & Kirpal Kaur Brar Professor of Sikh Studies

Philosophy/Religion/Postcolonial Theory/Sikh Studies/South Asian Studies

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