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Looks at the history and the impact on culture, society, and politics of Hindus and Sikhs in the United States.
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Grade 6-9-Following a lengthy introduction to the broad beliefs of each of these India-based religions, Harley narrates the history of Hindus and Sikhs in the U.S. and their sometimes-rocky path to equal treatment under the law. The remaining five chapters attempt an overview of these groups' lives in the U.S. and their connections to their homeland, including examinations of their impact on American culture and society. The author includes thumbnail biographies of important Hindu and Sikh contributors to American society, whether through technology, the arts, or religious practice. Plentiful black-and-white photographs are chiefly of prominent persons or of religious events such as weddings and celebrations. There are a few errors (Thomas Merton's birth year is given as 1932 instead of 1915, and Pulitzer Prize-winning short-story writer Jhumpa Lahiri is referred to as a novelist), but overall this is an inviting overview of two religions and their adherents, still too little known in this country. Content, especially in the early chapters, is similar to that in Gurinder Singh Mann's Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America (Oxford, 2002), but any library that does not already have that book should certainly have this one. Libraries serving large Indian populations or readers especially interested in religion will likely want both titles.
Coop Renner, Blackshear Elementary School, Austin, TX
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Book Description Facts on File, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0816049874
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0816049874