This introductory chapter places the book within the context of the widening area of Sikh studies, including on the Internet. It also includes brief discussions about the content of the essays in the book which go beyond the mistaken notion that Sikhism provides a synthesis of Hindu and Muslim ideals—a notion that has been completely abandoned in most of recent scholarly works. Sikh Studies is no longer ‘the forgotten tradition’ of the late 1970s and is becoming increasingly recognized in undergraduate programmes, and for being the benefactor of a growing number of endowed chairs in universities across North America. The author discusses how, after 1984—the turning point in the history of the Sikhs in the post-colonial and the post-modern world—the Sikhs of North America worked to provide their youth with university-level instruction in their religious and cultural tradition, and to make that tradition accessible to the wider non-Sikh community.
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