a rich legacy of interfaith dialogue however, general survey of Sikh literature
shows that intensive studies on interfaith dialogue are very few. In fact,
Sikhism has been ignored in the studies of religion. Now the situation is
changing, people from different traditions are eager to know about others.
Moreover, in contemporary thought thinkers are recognizing the multiplicity of
the truth. The scholars from different traditions are trying to reinterpret the
religious thoughts for current needs of society. Besides, in present world, it
is not imaginable for any faith tradition to claim that they have only real or
original spirit. Now it is not possible
for one religion to stay alive in sealed structure. In this emerging
pluralistic world human beings are attaining knowledge from different faiths
and testing various means for their peace of mind. People are becoming
passionate to learn more and more about the religion. In addition to this,
present world conditions necessitate for interfaith dialogue, for this flexible
pluralistic approach is becoming a need of the day, because pluralistic
perspective recognizes multifarious views for the truth.
This work is an attempt to understand the theory of interfaith dialogue and
its significance in general and inclusively the new mystical experience from
Sikhism. In the wider context this book
deals with the interfaith perspectives of Sikhism and its relevance to the
contemporary world. It is an academic work based on Sikh scripture which
examines the current issues of interfaith studies. The work has five main chapters. A brief
description of important concepts of Sikhism and its institutions is given in
an appendix which is useful to non-Sikh readers.
Gurmeet Singh Sidhu is an Associate Professor at Guru Gobind Singh
Department of Religious Studies, Punjabi University Patiala, Punjab. He is M.A.
in Religious Studies, Sociology and Punjabi. He received Ph.D degree from
Department of Sociology & Social anthropology, Punjabi University, Patiala
on “Modernization and Sikhs: a sociological study. He is the author of five
books and supervised two dozen M. Phil and Ph. D scholars. Study of religion,
especially Sikh Studies, is his area of study. Presently he is also editor of
The Journal of Religious Studies.