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Singh, Gurharpal (2019) 'The control of scared spaces: Sikh shrines in Pakistan from the partition to the Kartarpur corridor.' Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory, 15 (1). pp. 1-18.

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In November 2018, the governments of India and Pakistan agreed to develop the Kartarpur corridor linking the Sikhs’ two holiest shrines. The initiative is an important symbolic moment in the access to Sikh sacred spaces in Pakistan. This paper examines critically the efforts to control and manage this access since 1947. It assesses the policies of the two states to control access and reflects on the prospects for the Kartarpur corridor to become a ‘bridge of peace’. The Sikh case offers an unusual comparative case-study of closure of sacred spaces to a community in its ‘homeland’ and ‘holy land’.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISSN: 17448727
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory on 16 March 2019, available online:
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 10:48
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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