Opinderjit Kaur Takhar is an internationally recognised researcher within Sikh Studies and Director of the Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
Her work on Punjabi Dalits and identity formation has been published in a number of books. She is undertaking further research into the current activities towards distinct identity amongst the Ravidassia community and the implications of the installation of Amritbani Guru Ravidass in replace of the Guru Granth Sahib in Ravidassia places of worship. Her publication on ‘Sikh Identity: An exploration of Groups among Sikhs’ (Ashgate 2005) is used as a key text in many Universities around the world. Takhar’s research is on-going in terms of caste issues and gender dynamics amongst Punjabis, and Sikhs specifically. She is currently supervising two research projects and welcomes enquiries from prospective researchers.
Main Teaching Areas
- Study of Religion
- Study of Hinduism
- Fieldwork in Religious Studies
- South Asia: Culture, Society, Politics
- Religion in Wolverhampton
- MPhil/PhD Supervision - Gender Issues amongst Sikhs
- MPhil/PhD Supervision - Caste and Education