Sikhism In South Asia

Marlenis Rey
Asia 152: Final Paper
Prompt # 5
Over the past three millennia, the South Asian subcontinent has seen the arrival of various immigrant groups, who have all shaped the political structures and cultural forms of the region in various ways. With this in mind, compare and contrast the belief systems of two or more philosophies or religions that have started in or traveled to South Asia, noting, where relevant, their connections to empire and culture (literature, theater, dance, music, art, and architecture)

The history of South Asia countries have been shaped through centuries by the influence of different immigrant groups such as, Islam including (Sufism as a mystic variant of Islam), and Sikhism. India’s ability
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Moreover, the Sikh movement developed inside South Asia; whereas, Islam came from outside South Asia. The first Muslims came to South Asia as merchants and with time as a political power. On the other hand, Sufi mystic combined elements of Hinduism with other elements of Islam developed in Iran and central Asia. Whereas, Sikhism rejects Hindus traditions such as food taboos, and Brahamanism. Sikhs do not believe in the power of Brahamanists. Sikhism is not supposed to be about us, it is supposed to be about the community. A society which creates equal opportunities for everybody. Anyone can be a Guru for others (Kulpret Singh). Moreover, there exists a lot of flexibility in Sikhism. Some of them are vegetarian but it is not mandatory as it is in Hinduism. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how Islam and Sikhism have influenced South Asia history, specifically Indian’s culture and religion through music, architecture and …show more content…
They dominated the Muslim thought and social life, and also reached out at times toward Hinduism. Sheik Hajvery traveled through the Middle East and central Asia and brought Sufism to the Punjab. He was successful in the conversion of the entire northern part of India to Islam (Islamic Mysticism in India, 450). At first, Sufism was an intellectualist movement, and generated the greatest literature of Islam. The goal of Sufism is to get a taste of the mystical love through poetry, known as the Ghazal. This short form of poetry migrated to South Asia around the 11th c. They are written in vernacular language, very accessible and understandable language. The classic theme of Ghazal is unattainable and socially inappropriate love. However, we can also find other Ghazal topics such as, politics and social issues, especially in the modern period. In Sufi romance we can find two important symbols: Bird which is the divine spirit, God moving through creation, and the mirror, which is the human seeker who reflects the beauty of God’s creation (Class, “In the wine shop of love, the Urdu

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