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Sikhism: Created in Crisis

Discuss and illustrate the rationale and process by which the religion was developed. What ideas would you say are most central to the meaning and practices of Sikhism?

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My name is Jason Blair and it is my pleasure to provide you with some notes today centering on the topic of Sikhism. By way of introduction, I am a professor in the state of Arizona, and have an-depth background in traditional religions and beliefs native to Asian and the Indian sub-continent.

I do not know where you are located, but I will assume America for the sake of my notes. Sikhism is actually an unknown religion to most Americans because the majority of its followers are of Indian origin (although that is changing somewhat). Because of its origin in India, many incorrectly assume that it has its basis in Hinduism, but that couldn't be further from reality. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion, making it similar to the religious foundation of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is also one of the 'younger' monotheistic religions at only 500 years of age. Another interesting thing to mention about the religion before we get right down to your specific question is that it is the fifth-largest organized religious group in the world. This is surprising to most in the West because, as I mentioned, it remains relatively unknown.

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The expert creates a crisis for Sikhism. The rationale and process by which the religion was developed is discussed.