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Self-Contradictions and Projected Otherness: Images of Sikh Militancy in the Writings of Orientalist Scholars and Contemporary Textbook Authors


 
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1. Title Title of document Self-Contradictions and Projected Otherness: Images of Sikh Militancy in the Writings of Orientalist Scholars and Contemporary Textbook Authors - Textbook Violence
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Lewis; University of Tromsø; Norway
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) religious education; religious textbooks; violence and conflict; violence in religious textbooks; representation of religion; subjective textbooks
 
5. Subject Subject classification religious education
 
6. Description Abstract Over two decades ago, I authored a number of articles in which I critically examined Western portrayals of Sikhs and Sikhism. More specifically, I examined how the assumptions and interests of scholar-officials in the British Raj shaped their representations of Sikhs and Sikhism. Secondarily, I discussed how these often inaccurate images of the Sikh religion were picked up and redeployed by the authors of world religions textbooks that were written in the latter half of the twentieth century. In the present chapter, I propose to revisit the topic of images of the Sikh religion in Western scholarship, recapitulate my earlier arguments and examine the Enlightenment-informed Orientalist origins of Western discourse about the imputed pacifism/militancy of the Sikh gurus, broadening my discussion to include the most recent manifestations of these notions in contemporary textbooks.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 07-Aug-2017
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/30516
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30516
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Textbook Violence
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
twentieth and twenty-first centuries
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd