This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Eleanor Nesbitt who is Professor Emeritus of Education Studies at University of Warwick and a poet. Eleanor Nesbitt is an expert on Hindu and Sikh culture and her interdisciplinary approach straddles religious studies, educational theory, ethnography and poetry. After inspiring insights about the time Eleanor Nesbitt spent in India and her academic path, this wide-ranging conversation provides a detailed exploration of the Sikh tradition: the history, religious tenets, other people’s misconceptions about it and more.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Isn’ts, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. Looking To Connect - Eleanor explores the world
II. Historical Overview - The first ten gurus and the Guru Granth Sahib
III. Identity - Turbans, Five Ks and evolving perspectives
IV. Towards Deeper Understanding - On all sides
About Ideas Roadshow Conversations:
This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. Howard Burton holds a PhD in physics and an MA in philosophy, and was the founding director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.