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The first Sikhs arrived in Italy during World War II as soldiers in the British regiments fighting on the side of the Allied Forces (Singh Bedi, 2011). However, the rise of the Sikh community in Italy is a recent phenomenon, due to immigration from India, especially from Punjab, since the late 1970s. In this period, Italy was considered above all a transit path, with …

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Barbara Bertolani, “Italy”, 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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