Department of Religious Studies UC Riverside
Dr. Pashaura Singh (Ph. D., University of Toronto, Canada, 1991) is Professor and Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Currently, he is the chair of the Department of Religious Studies at UCR. His teaching and research focus on scriptural studies and early Sikh history. He has authored /edited several volumes dealing with Sikh studies including The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning, and Authority (2000). Currently, he is working on two research projects, namely A Dictionary of Sikh Studies (OUP, UK, 2017) and Sacred Melodies: History, Theory and the Performance of Sikh Kirtan.
The early 21st century continues to be a very exciting time for Sikh Studies. Within the last two decades undergraduate and graduate courses in Sikh Studies, particularly Sikh history and religion, have increased dramatically, a rise which corresponds in part to Sikh immigration into Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. A new generation of scholars and students has begun to engage with the tradition, and there has been a steady growth of scholarly literature and teaching resources on Sikhism. In my presentation I will focus on what Sikh Studies Chair at UC Riverside has accomplished in the last decade or so.