Young Sikhs and interfaith marriage

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal has contributed to Herpreet Kaur Grewal’s recent article in the Independent: If young Sikhs protesting interfaith marriage are asserting their religious identity, these are the battles they should be fighting

The article comes in the wake of a group of armed protesters occupying the entrance of the Lemington Spa Gurdwara on 11th September in protest of a Sikh-Muslim interfaith wedding.

The issue being raised by the protesters is that they believe interfaith marriage has no place in Sikhism if lived according to the Rahit Maryada. According to the Rahit Maryada interfaith marriage is prohibited in the Anand Karaj wedding ceremony that takes place in a traditional Gurdwara. Dr Jhutti-Johal commented, however, that “The Rahit Maryada is not always fully observed by Sikhs”.

 

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal is Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies at the University of Birmingham. Dr Jhutti-Johal’s research encompasses a range of related topics in Sikh Studies, such as gender and Sikhism, science and Sikhism and contemporary Sikhism.

 

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