Sikhism: A Religion Created in Crisis

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Sikhism: A Religion Created in Crisis
Introduction
Sikhism, the fifth largest religion in the world and a monotheistic religion, unlike that of Hinduism, the more well-known religion in India, was developed in Punjab, India during a time of crisis, both political and religious, that threatened the stability of religion in the Indian state. Sikhism was developed as an attempt to reconcile Islam and Hinduism, both which had many practitioners in India (Hopfe & Woodward, 2009, p. 108). However, there was - and still is - a great deal of strain between Muslims and Hindus in India, and Sikhism attempted to bridge the gap “between the uncompromising monotheism of Islam and the doctrines of illusion and reincarnation of Hinduism” (Hopfe &...
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.....reincarnation. The Five Vices that entrap a human in the cycle of rebirth by erecting a barrier of egoism between the entrapped human and the True One are lust, covetousness and greed, attachment to the material world, anger, and pride (Religious Tolerance, 2009).
Conclusion
It is apparent that, while Sikhism is a minority religion in the world, it was formed to create a peaceful reconciliation between Muslims and Hindus and, in that way, may have prevented further bloodshed in the wars in India throughout the modern day.
References
Hopfe, L. M., & Woodward, M. R. (2009). Religions of the world (11th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Religious Tolerance. (2009). Sikhism. Retrieved from, http://www.religioustolerance.org/sikhism.htm