SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Beyond Theism and Atheism: Re-interpreting the Creation Myth in Sikh Literature

Professor Arvind Mandair (University of Michigan)

Date: 1 December 2009Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 1 December 2009Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: T102

Type of Event: Seminar

The idea of a personal God appears to be an incontrovertible fact in modern Sikh discourse. Indeed modernist Sikh scholars have been particular vocal about making this notion central in their apologetics and in their projection of Sikhism as a ‘world-religion’. One of the primary reference points for the idea of a monotheistic God seems to be the use of the creation story in a manner that emulates the Judeo-Christian creation myth. However, the writings of the Sikh Gurus and later exegetes of the Sikh tradition can be interpreted in a way that significantly complicates the traditional investment in theistic ideology. I want to look at the implications of rethinking references to the creation myth in Sikh devotional literature.

Organiser: Dr Cosimo Zene

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