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W.Owen Cole

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26 Aug 2004 Understanding Faith
One of the world's major faiths with more than 20 million adherents, Sikhism is a religion which most people, including academics, seem to ignore. This introduction assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader. At the centre of the religion is the scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, it is the focus of Sikh theology and practice to the extent that no one is allowed to come between it and the believer. There is no priesthood. A particular aspect of Sikhism is its relationship with and attitude to other religions, something of particular significance in our multi religious society.

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This is a rich read, a sharing of deep experience... strongly recommended. -- Interreligious Insight

offers a remarkably well-rounded account of Sikhism -- Religious Studies Review Vol.31 July, October 2005

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Owen Cole has taught at all stages of education from junior school to university, his two main interests have been multi-faith Religious Education and Indian religions. He is one of only four non-Sikhs to have a PhD in Sikh studies from a British university.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book- 25 Aug 2011
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I am a Sikh and have read multiple books about Sikhism from Sikh and Indian authors but I wanted an "outsiders" view on the religion with an unbaised approach. This books fits that criteria perfectly. It is easy to read and very well written (short sentences). Remind yourselves that it is not a "treatise" on religion but a very good introduction to the subject (unfortunately there are not many books about Sikhism). If you looking for a book that goes in larger details, I would recommend Gopal Singh, History of a Sikh People. Happy reading!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good introduction to Sikhim 27 Jan 2014
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This book seems to present itself as an introduction to Sikhism but the book also assumes a great deal of background knowledge about Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism. Since I have a background knowledge of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism, I was able to understand the book but it is not written clearly and the order of the presentation of topics is bizarre. The book overall appears disorganized. The book did not catch my interest even though I am very interested in learning more about Sikhism. I teach Philosophy at the community college level and I have also begun to teach Comparative Religion. Since I have no formal training in Sikhism or Jainism I have been making a special effort to increase my knowledge of those religions. I did not learn much from this book that I didn't already know and I don't believe the book would have made much sense without my prior knowledge. I would certainly not recommend this book to my students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK DESCRIPTION: 10 Sep 2006
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One of the world's major faiths with more than 20 million adherents, Sikhism is a religion which most people, including academics, seem to ignore. This introduction assumes no prior knowledge on the reader's part. At the centre of the religion is the scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, it is the focus of Sikh theology and practice to the extent that no one is allowed to come between it and the believer. There is no priesthood. A particular aspect of Sikhism is its relationship with and attitude to other religions, something of particular significance in our multi religious society.

Owen Cole has taught at all stages of education from junior school to university, his two main interests have been multi-faith Religious Education and Indian religions. He is one of only four non-Sikhs to have a PhD in Sikh studies from a British university.
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"This is a rich read, a sharing of deep experience of the Sikh tradition... However widely readers have already read on Sikhism they will find illuninating detail and interpretation." -- Interreligious Insight
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