Author: Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair
About: Arvind-Pal Mandair was the primary author of this inaugural essay for the launch of the journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory in 2005. The essay sets out a new vision of Sikh studies as a field that should no longer be subservient to area studies, Indology or religious studies. Mandair’s argument (supplemented with sections by Pal Ahluwalia and Gurharpal Singh, set out a new way of thinking about Sikh Studies grounded in the idea of ‘Sikh’ as irreducible to an ethnicity or a religion. Rather ‘Sikh’ is understood as a crossing point or a point of potentially infinite association to anything else in the world.