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This paper discusses how Sikhism began as a protest movement against upper caste discrimination and how it became popular in the larger communities. In particular, it also looks at how over time, Sikhism began to be identified with the concept of social justice. The paper further examines how Sikhism also evolved because of the battle that existed between the Hinduism and Islam religions and how it contains many elements that were brought to it from these other religions.
From the Paper:"The word Sikhism was derived from Sikh which means a strong and able disciple. There are about 23 million Sikhs around the world. This makes Sikhism the 5th largest religion in the world. There are approximately 19 million Sikhs who live in India, primarily in the state of Punjab. Sikhs are also present in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Sikhs are a noteworthy minority in Malaysia and Singapore. Here they are sometimes ridiculed for their distinctive appearance, but respected for their work ethic and high education standards. Sikhism materialized in 16th-century India in an environment that was heavily saturated with conflicts between the Hindu and Muslim religions. It was somewhat influenced by reform movements in Hinduism as well as some Sufi Muslim influences (Overview of Sikhism, 2009)."
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Cite this Term Paper:
Sikhism and Social Justice (2012, March 30) Retrieved May 21, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/sikhism-and-social-justice-150701/
"Sikhism and Social Justice" 30 March 2012. Web. 21 May. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/sikhism-and-social-justice-150701/>