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Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar

  • Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar is Senior Lecturer and Head of Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, and also a a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  •  Her 2005 book on Sikh Identity: An Exploration of Groups amongst Sikhs (Ashgate) is used as a key text in a number of Religious Studies courses at Universities around the world.
  • Dr Takhar has written numerous academic publications on the Sikhs, including her research in the Oxford Handbook on Sikh Studies (2014).
  • Her publications and research on the Ravidassia community is recognised worldwide and she has presented her work in Universities across the world.
  • She is an Editorial Board member of the peer reviewed Journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory, and also the author of “Trajectories of a distinct identity among the Ravidassias in Britain” published in the Journal of Contemporary Religion.
  • Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar is Associate Editor for a Special Issue of the peer reviewed Journal Contemporary South Asia, published by Routledge.
  • The focus of this Special Issue is Caste: Contemporary Dynamics in South Asia and Beyond.
  • Dr Takhar has also produced textbooks and a Teacher’s guide for the OCR GCSE syllabus on Philosophy and Ethics, used in secondary schools across Britain.
  • She has written numerous educational resources for REToday Publications, a national resource for teaching Religious Education across schools and colleges in the UK.
  • She has also published on issues relating to the caste system and how this affects faith communities in the South Asian diaspora, particularly Sikhs and Punjabi Dalits.
  • Her research also explores religious and political activism within the British Sikh community.
  • Dr Takhar’s research is not restricted to academia, it has been disseminated amongst the wider general public to whom the themes are particularly relevant.
  • To this end, she is a regular participant on discussion programmes and panels in the media.
  • She has regularly contributed to the British Sikh Report and is also one of the co-authors of the Sikh Manifesto, produced by the Sikh Network (UK).
  • Dr Takhar has been involved in the set-up of two Sikh Free Schools in Wolverhampton and Derby.
  • She is also a tutor on the Faith and Leadership Programme at the London School of Economics (LSE).
  • Dr Takhar is also involved in Interfaith Dialogue and is a Board Member of the Inter Faith Wolverhampton.


Profession/Designation Author and Writer
Location UK