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Globalization of the Panth
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The spread of the Sikh panth beyond Punjab began almost immediately after its inception in the 16th and 17th centuries. Sikh communities that are found even today in Afghanistan and Iran are likely descendants of Sikh traders who settled in the regions as early as the 16th century. The famous account of Gurū Nānak’s travels recalls that he visited Baghdad; and indeed, a gurdvārā in that city is said to …

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Mark Juergensmeyer, “Globalization of the Panth”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Gurinder Mann Singh, Kristina Myrvold, Eleanor Nesbitt. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170712

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