Punjab Research Group

Islam and Hinduism’s blurred lines

Posted in Articles, News/Information by Pippa on July 14, 2008

By Jyotsna Singh, BBC News
Forty-two-year-old Sohan Singh is delighted to call himself a “full-fledged” Hindu.  Recently he cremated his mother, defying a family tradition of burying their dead. Mr Singh is a member of the Kathat community in Rajasthan and follows what his community believes is a pledge undertaken by their forefathers.

To read further http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7473019.stm

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IPCC investigation in Banaz Mahmod’s death

Posted in Articles, News/Information by Pippa on July 10, 2008

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into Banaz Mahmod’s death stated that Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) “could have done more” to prevent her murder. Dr Aisha Gill comments on the inquiry. To read further see: ipcc-inquiry-comments_safe-journal_summer-20082

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Books that need a reviewer!

Posted in Book reviews by edsga on July 3, 2008

The Journal of Punjab Studies urgently needs people to volunteer to review the titles below.

Also, please suggest books that should be reviewed – just send an email to eleanor.nesbitt@warwick.ac.uk  


Abbas, Tahir (2005) Muslim Britain:  Communities under Pressure, London: Zed ISBN 1 84277 449 2

Dhillon, K. (2006) Identity and Survival: Sikh Militancy in India 1978-1993, New Delhi: Penguin ISBN 0-14-310036

Hinnells, J. R. and King, R. (2007) Religion and Violence in South Asia: Theory and Practice, London: Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-37291-6

Malik, H.  and Gankovsky, Y. V. (2006) The Encyclopaedia of Pakistan, Karachi: Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-597735-1

Shani, Giorgio (2008) Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age, London: Routledge ISBN 978-0-415-42190-4

PRG Meeting, Coventry University, 28 June 2008

Posted in PRG Meetings by Pippa on July 1, 2008

Speakers included:

Kamalroop Singh, University of Birmingham and Shironmani Panth Khalsa Akali Buddha Dal Panjva Takht, ‘A discussion of the scriptures of Guru Gobind Singh in relation to Sikh history and praxis’

Pritam Singh, Oxford Brooks University, ‘Reading Guru Granth Sahib: Some Reflections’

Kamalroop SinghPritam Singh

Kamalroop Singh (left) and Pritam Singh (right)

Akhtar Sandhu, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, ‘Voices from the Rural Areas…Muslim-Sikh Relations in the Colonial Punjab, 1940-47′

Meena Dhanda, University of Wolverhampton, ‘Reflections on Caste in Personal Relations’

Akhtar SandhuMeena Dhanda

Akhtar Sandhu (left) and Meena Dhanda (right)

Other participants:

Group PhotoPippa Virdee and Virinder Kalra

John Rex and Darshan TatlaGroup Photo


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