Religion and International Relations Book Talk Series - Sikh Nationalism. The Religion and IR section book talk series on discussing scholarship at the intersection of religion and international politics. Each session will present a book or publication from the last two years that touches on the relationship between religion and politics from a comparative and international perspective. Its goal is to foster greater exchange between scholars of religion and politics and scholars of international relation theory.
Sikh Nationalism provides a clear, concise and comprehensive guide to the history of Sikh nationalism from the late nineteenth century to the present. Drawing on A. D. Smith's ethno-symbolic approach, Gurharpal Singh and Giorgio Shani use a new integrated methodology to understanding the historical and sociological development of modern Sikh nationalism. By emphasizing the importance of studying Sikh nationalism from the perspective of the nation-building projects of India and Pakistan, the recent literature on religious nationalism and the need to integrate the study of the diaspora with the Sikhs in South Asia, they provide a fresh approach to a complex subject. Singh and Shani evaluate the current condition of Sikh nationalism in a globalized world and consider the lessons the Sikh case offers for the comparative study of ethnicity, nations and nationalism.
Co-authors Giorgio Shani and Gurharpal Singh will discuss the book, in conversation with Jocelyne Cesari.