SOAS University of London

School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Gurharpal Singh

BSc Econ (London), MA Industrial Relations (Warwick), PhD (London)
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Overview

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

Professor of Sikh and Punjab Studies

Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Professor of Sikh and Punjab Studies

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Professor Gurharpal Singh
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On sabbatical leave 2017-18

Biography

Professor Gurharpal Singh was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, SOAS, from 2011 to 2017. He is a political scientist who completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the LSE. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of the Religions and Development Research Programme (DFID) and held the Nadir Dinshaw Chair in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. He has also been the C.R.Parekh Chair in Indian politics at the University of Hull.

Professor Singh was a member of the RAE 2014 (sub-panel 27, Area Studies) and the RAE 2008 (sub-panel 49, Asian Studies). He was a member of the Commissioning Panel of the AHRC and ESRC Religion and Society Research Programme and of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (2002 -07).


Interests/Disciplines

• Politics, history, religious studies
• Politics of South Asia
• Sikh studies
• Religious violence
• Religions and development
• Multiculturalism with special reference to the management of religious diversity

Teaching

Research

Professor Singh‘s main research interest is the politics of modern India and Pakistan. He has published widely on the partition of India, religious and ethnic conflict in South Asia, political corruption, and the Indian diaspora (particularly Sikhs in Britain). He is currently working on a volume on Indian democracy in the twenty-first century.
 
From 2005 to 2011, Professor Singh was the Deputy Director of the Department for International Development (UK) funded research consortium on Religions and Development based in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. This research programme was an international research partnership exploring the relationships between several major world religions, development in low-income countries and poverty reduction. It had country partners in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania and had thirteen individual research projects that ranged from religion and governance to the role of faith based organisations in service delivery and post-conflict reconstruction. Professor Singh led the research on three projects: religion, politics and governance in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania; new forms of religious transnationalism and development initiatives; and the role of faith communities in post-conflict transformation and long term development.

Professor Singh is an editor of Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. He has a special interest in Sikh Studies, the management of religious diversity in the West and  multicultural governance in the City of Leicester.

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Publications

Authored Books

Singh, Gurharpal (2018) India’s Troubled Democracy: Religion, Violence and Corruption. New York: Columbia University Press. [Forthcoming]

Singh, Gurharpal and Shani, Georgio (2017) Sikh Nationalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Forthcoming]

Singh, Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian (2009) The Partition of India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Singh, Gurharpal and Tatla, D.S. (2006) Sikhs in Britain: The making of a community. London: Zed Books.

Martin, John and Singh, Gurharpal (2002) Asian Leicester. Stroud: Sutton.

Singh, Gurharpal (2000) Ethnic conflict in India: a case-study of Punjab. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Singh, Gurharpal (1994) Communism in Punjab: a study of the movement up to 1967. Delhi: Ajanta Publications.

Articles

Singh, Gurharpal and Shani, Georgio (2015) 'Rethinking Sikh Nationalism in the 21st Century'. Sikh Formations, (11) 3, pp 271-282.

Singh, Gurharpal (2013) 'Religious Transnationalism, Development and the Construction of Religious Boundaries: the case of the Dera Sachkhand Ballan and the Ravidass Dharm'. Global networks: a journal of transnational affairs, (13) 2, pp 183-199.

Singh, Gurharpal (2006) 'Gurdwaras and community-building among British Sikhs'. Contemporary South Asia, (15) 2, pp 147-164.

Singh, Gurharpal (2005) 'British multiculturalism and Sikhs'. Sikh Formations, (1) 2, pp 157-173.

Singh, Gurharphal (2004) 'State and religious diversity: reflections on post‐1947 India'. Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, (5) 2, pp 205-225.

Singh, Gurharpal (2003) 'Multiculturalism in Contemporary Britain: Reflections on the “Leicester Model”'. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, (5) 1, pp 40-54.

Rex, John and Singh, Gurharpal (2003) 'Multiculturalism and Political Integration in Modern Nation-States: Thematic Introduction'. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, (5) 1, pp 3-19.

Rex, John and Singh, Gurharpal (2003) 'Pluralism and Multiculturalism in Colonial Society: Thematic Introduction'. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, (5) 2, pp 106-118.

Rex, John and Singh, Gurharpal (2003) 'Pluralism and Multiculturalism in Colonial and Post-Colonial Society: Thematic Introduction'. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, (5) 2, pp 107-119.

Singh, Gurharpal (2003) 'Critical reflections on celebrating success: A response to Maya Chadda'. Global Review of Ethnopolitics, (2) 2, pp 52-54.

Singh, Gurharpal (1999) 'A Victim Diaspora?: The Case of the Sikhs'. Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, (8) 3, pp 293-307.

Singh, Gurharpal (1998) 'India's Akali-BJP Alliance: The 1997 Legislative Assembly Elections'. Asian Survey, (38) 4, pp 398-409.

Singh, Gurharpal (1997) 'Understanding Political Corruption in Contemporary Indian Politics'. Political Studies, (45) 3, pp 626-638.

Singh, Gurharpal (1997) 'The partition of India as state contraction: Some unspoken assumptions'. The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, (35) 1, pp 51-66.

Singh, Gurharpal (1997) 'The Punjab legislative assembly elections of February 1997: The BJP's regional road to power?'. Contemporary South Asia, (6) 3, pp 273-283.

Singh, Gurharpal (1996) 'Punjab since 1984: Disorder, Order, and Legitimacy'. Asian Survey, (36) 4, pp 410-421.

Singh, Gurharpal (1996) 'What is Happening to the Political Science of Ethnic Conflict?'. International Journal of Punjab Studies, (3) 2, pp 229-241.

Singh, Gurharpal (1995) 'The Punjab crisis since 1984: A reassessment'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, (18) 3, pp 476-493.

Singh, Gurharpal (1995) 'Perspectives on Ethnic Conflict in Indian Politics'. Internationales Asienforum, (3) 4, pp 233-248.

Singh, Gurharpal (1994) 'The Communist Party of India and the demand for a Sikh homeland 1924-47'. Indo-British Review April, pp 89-95.

Singh, Gurharpal (1993) 'Understanding Ethnic Conflict in India'. Punjab Journal of Political Science, (17) 1, pp 81-96.

Singh, Gurharpal (1992) 'The Punjab Elections 1992: Breakthrough or Breakdown?'. Asian Survey, (32) 11, pp 988-999.

Singh, Gurharpal (1991) 'The Punjab problem in the 1990s: A post‐1984 assessment'. The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, (29) 2, pp 175-191.

Singh, Gurharpal (1991) 'The Punjab problem in the 1990s: A post‐1984 assessment'. The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, (29) 2, pp 175-191.

Tatla, Darshan Singh and Singh, Gurharpal (1989) 'The Punjabi press'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (15) 2, pp 171-184.

Singh, Gurharpal (1987) 'Understanding the "Punjab Problem"'. Asian Survey, (27) 12, pp 1268-1277.

Edited Books

Long, Roger D. and Singh, Gurharpal and Samad, Yunus and Talbot, Ian, (eds.), (2016) State and Nation-Building in Pakistan: Beyond, Islam and Security. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series).

Saez, Lawrence and Singh, Gurharpal, (eds.), (2011) New Dimensions of Politics in India: The United Progressive Alliance in Power. London: Routledge. (Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies, 21).

Singh, Gurharpal and Rex, John, (eds.), (2004) Governance in multicultural societies. Aldershot: Ashgate. (Research in migration and ethnic relations series).

Singh, Gurharpal and Vertovec, Steve and Parekh, Bhikhu, (eds.), (2003) Culture and economy in the Indian diaspora. London; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Transnationalism).

Rex, John and Singh, Gurharpal, (eds.), (2003) Multiculturalism and Political Integration in Modern Nation-State [Special Issue of International Journal on Multicultural Societies]. Paris: UNESCO.

Rex, John and Singh, Gurharpal, (eds.), (2003) Pluralism and Multiculturalism in Colonial and Post-Colonial Societies [Special Issue of International Journal on Multicultural Societies Vol. 5 No. 2]. Paris: UNESCO.

Singh, Gurharpal and Shackle, Christopher and Mandair, A., (eds.), (2000) Sikh Religion, Culture and Ethnicity. London: Curzon.

Singh, Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian, (eds.), (1999) Region and partition : Bengal, Punjab and the partition of the subcontinent. Karachi: Oxford University Press.

Singh, Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian, (eds.), (1997) Partition of Punjab [Special Issue]. Santa Barbara, CA: International Journal of Punjab Studies Vol. 4 No.1.

Singh, Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian, (eds.), (1996) Punjabi Identity: Continuity and Change. New Delhi: Manohar.

Book Chapters

Singh, Gurharpal and Kim, Heewon (2017) 'Understanding the Rise and Fall of Sikh ethno-nationalism: the Limits of India’s Ethno-Linguistic Federation'. In: Bhogal, Balbinder, (ed.), Violent Nation: 1984 and Sikhs. New York: Columbia University Press. [Forthcoming]

Kim, Heewon and Singh, Gurharpal (2016) 'Between Hegemonic Domination and the Quest for Equality: The Challenges of Managing Religious Diversity in India Today'. In: Dawson, Andrew, (ed.), The Politics and Practice of Religious Diversity: National Contexts, Global Issues. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 49-66.

Singh, Gurharpal (2015) 'Violence and state formation in Pakistan'. In: Long, Roger D. and Singh, Gurharpal and Samad, Yunus and Talbot, Ian, (eds.), State and Nation-Building in Pakistan Beyond Islam and Security. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 192-206.

Singh, Gurharpal and Graham, D. and Gillat, S. and Zavos, J. and Woodhead, L. (2012) 'Religious Minorities: Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism'. In: Woodhead, L. and Catto, R., (eds.), Religion and Change in Modern Britain. London: Routledge.

Singh, Gurharpal (2012) 'Religion, Politics and Governance in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania since Independence: A Comparative Framework'. In: Jodhka, Surinder, (ed.), Democracy, Identity and Citizenship: Interrogating India’s Modernity. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. [Forthcoming]

Singh, Gurharpal (2012) 'Sikhs and Partition Violence: a Re-evaluation'. In: Talbot, Ian, (ed.), The Independence of India and Pakistan: New Approaches and Reflections. Karachi: Oxford University Press. [Forthcoming]

Singh, Gurharpal (2011) 'United Progressive Alliance and Secularism'. In: Saez, Lawrence and Singh, Gurharpal, (eds.), New Dimensions of Politics in India: UPA in Power. London: Routledge, pp 55-66.

Saez, Lawrence and Singh, Gurharpal (2011) 'Conclusion'. New Dimensions of Politics in India: UPA in Power. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 149-153.

Saez, Lawrence and Singh, Gurharpal (2011) 'Introduction'. New Dimensions of Politics in India: UPA in Power. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 1-10.

Singh, Gurharpal (2010) 'Reassessing “Conventional Wisdom”: Ethnicity, Ethnic Conflict and India as an Ethnic Democracy'. In: Baruah, Sanjib, (ed.), Ethno-nationalist Movements in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp 99-119.

Singh, Gurharpal (2010) 'Crisis of National Unity: Punjab, Kashmir and the North East'. In: Brass, Paul, (ed.), Handbook of South Asian Politics. London: Routledge, pp 249-261.

Singh, Gurharpal (2008) 'The Partition of India as State Contraction: Some Unspoken Assumption'. In: Tan, Tan Yong and Kudaisya, Gyanesh, (eds.), Partition and Post-Colonial South Asia. London: Routledge, pp 85-99.

Singh, Gurharpal (2008) 'The State and Religious Diversity in Post-Independence India'. In: Talbot, Ian, (ed.), The Deadly Embrace: Religion, Politics and Violence in India and Pakistan, 1947-2000. Karachi: Oxford University Press, pp 60-77.

Singh, Gurharpal (2006) 'A Post-Colonial People: South Asians in Britain'. A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain. London: Hurst, pp 291-304.

Singh, Gurharpal (2005) 'Managing the Anti-corruption Rhetoric: The National Democratic Alliance, Transparency, and Corruption'. In: Adeney, Katherine and Saez, Lawrence, (eds.), Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism . Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 136-152.

Singh, Gurharpal (2004) 'Multiculturalism in Contemporary Britain: Community Cohesion, Urban Riots and “the Leicester Model'. In: Rex, John and Singh, Gurharpal, (eds.), Governance in Multicultural Societies. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 55-68.

Singh, Gurharpal (2003) 'South Asia'. In: Hodess, Robin, (ed.), Global Corruption Report 2003. Transparency International. London: Profile, pp 153-164.

Parekh, Bhikhu and Singh, Gurharpal and Vertovec, Steven (2003) 'Introduction'. In: Singh, Gurharpal, (ed.), Culture and Economy in the Indian Diaspora . London; New York: Routledge, pp 1-12.

Singh, Gurharpal (2003) 'Sikhism and Just War Theory'. In: Robinson, Paul, (ed.), Just War in Comparative Perspective. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp 126-136.

Singh, Gurharpal (2002) 'Democratisation in South Asia'. In: Burnell, Peter, (ed.), Democratisation Through the Looking Glass. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp 216-230.

Singh, Gurharpal (2001) 'Resizing and Reshaping the State: a Case-study of India from Partition to Present'. In: O'Leary, Brendan and Lustick, Ian S. and Callaghy, Thomas, (eds.), Right-sizing the State: Politics of Moving Borders . Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 164-198.

Singh, Gurharpal (2001) 'Introduction'. In: Martin, John and Singh, Gurharpal, (eds.), Asian Leicester. Stroud: Sutton, pp 1-14.

Singh, Gurharpal (2000) 'The Limits of “Conventional Wisdom”: Sikh Ethno-nationalism'. In: Shackle, Christopher and Singh, Gurharpal and Mandair, Arvind-pal, (eds.), Sikh Religion, Culture and Ethnicity. London: Curzon, pp 142-160.

Singh, Gurharpal (2000) 'Understanding Political Corruption in Contemporary Indian Politics'. In: Williams, Robert and Theobald, Robin, (eds.), Corruption in the Developing World (Vol. 2 of The Politics of Corruption). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 422-434.

Singh, Gurharpal (1998) 'Racial Equality Staffing Policies in Higher Education'. In: Modood, Tariq and Acland, Tony, (eds.), Race and Higher Education : Experiences, Challenges and Policy Implications. London: Policy Studies Institute, pp 144-159.

Singh, Gurharpal (1998) 'Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party'. In: Blom Hansen, Thomas and Jaffrelot, Christophe, (eds.), The BJP and the Compulsions of Politics in India. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 228-242.

Singh, Gurharpal (1997) 'Sikhism'. In: Richards, Chris, (ed.), The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Religions . Shaftesbury: Element, pp 190-205.

Singh, Gurharpal (1997) 'Understanding Order and Legitimacy in Punjab Since 1984'. In: Mitra, Subrata K. and Rothermund, Dietmar, (eds.), Legitimacy and Conflict in South Asia. New Delhi: Manohar, pp 69-81.

Singh, Gurharpal (1996) 'Introduction'. In: Singh, Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian, (eds.), Punjabi Identity: Continuity and Change. New Delhi: Manohar, pp 1-6.

Singh, Gurharpal (1996) 'Re-examining the Punjab Problem'. In: Singh, Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian, (eds.), Punjabi Identity: Continuity and Change. New Delhi: Manohar, pp 115-138.

Singh, Gurharpal (1993) 'Ethnic Conflict in India: a Case Study of Punjab'. In: McGarry, John and O'Leary, Brendan, (eds.), The Politics of Ethnic Conflict Regulation : Case Studies of Protracted Ethnic Conflicts. London: Routledge.

Singh, Gurharpal (1990) 'Race Equality, Housing and the Local State'. In: Ball, Wendy and Solomos, John, (eds.), Race and Local Politics. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp 95-111.

Monographs and Working Papers

Singh, Gurharpal (2011) Religion, Politics and Governance in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania: an Overview. Working Paper No. 55, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK.

Singh, Gurharpal and Simon, Charlene and Tatla, Darshan S. (2010) New Forms of Religious Transnationalism and Development Initiatives: A Case Study of Dera Sant Sarwan Dass, Ballan, Punjab, India. Working Paper No. 52, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK.

Singh, Gurharpal and Marquette, Heather and Alhassan, N.A. (2007) Political Science, Religion and Development: A Literature Review. No.7, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK.

Other

Singh, Gurharpal (2015) 'The Accidental Prime Minister –The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh (Sanjaya Baru)'Times Literary Supplement, 20 March.

Singh, Gurharpal (2014) 'All change as Indian general elections begin'Eastern Eye, 11 April.

Singh, Gurharpal (2014) 'An exercise in blame displacement UK Sikhs hurt over Thatcher help for Operation Bluestar'The Tribune, 12th February.

Singh, Gurharpal (2010) 'David Cameron’s India Visit'Total Politics.

 

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