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Department of the Study of Religions

Mr Prabhjap Singh Jutla

BA (History): Staffordshire University, MA (African / Asian History): University of London (SOAS)


Prabhjap Singh Jutla
Mr Prabhjap Singh Jutla
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Thesis title:
Hindutva and the Construction of Sikh Identity: A Political and Intellectual History, c. 1877-2004.
Year of Study:
2011 (year started)
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I spent ten years working as a lecturer in the FE sector teaching A-levels in History and Religious Studies before being appointed as the founding Teacher of History at Nishkam High School in Birmingham in 2012.

PhD Research

This research project seeks to investigate the construction of Sikh identity by the Hindu nationalist movement between 1877 and 2004 with the intention of providing an interpretive framework which could help to explain why religious majorities seek to contain expressions of difference by minorities. The emergence of Hindu and Sikh nationalism has been the defining feature of Punjab politics since the 1870s. With the exception of Kenneth Jones’ Arya Dharm (1976) and Arvind-pal Singh Mandair’s Sikhism and the Spectre of the West (2009), existing research in History, Religion and Politics has tended to focus on these colonial developments separately, marginalising the impact they have had on each other’s ideology, policy and organisational development. Furthermore, the traumatic events associated with the rise of Hindu nationalism in Indian politics in the last twenty years has shifted the focus of academic interest towards its victims and how the Hindu nationalist movement constructs Muslims and Christians as a threat to ‘Hindu’ India. Regrettably, scholarly attention has ignored the processes through which the Sikhs of Punjab came to be defined specifically within aggressive forms of Hindu organisation and nationalism in the late colonial and post-independent periods of Indian history.

PhD Publications

Encyclopaedia Entries
  • ‘Chief Khalsa Diwan,’ Gurdwara Reform Movement,’ ‘Akali Dal,’ Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)’ in Encyclopaedia of Indian Religions. Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming.
Book Reviews
  • ‘Colonialism, Militarism and Sikh Resistance: A Review of Rajit Mazumder’s The Indian Army and the Making of Punjab’, Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory
    Vol. 3 No.1 (June 2007)


  • American Academy of Religion: Graduate Member.
  • Institute for Learning: Member with Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) Status.