Sikhism where did it start
A History of the Sikhs: Volume 1: 1469-1839 by Khushwant SinghInimitable Khushwant Singh style and simplicity. Khushwant Singh has provided an informative account of Sikh history, starting with the background on how Sikh religion came to existence and how it propagated in northern India and then culminating (the book) with the end of Sikh empire.
Unlike some other authors Khushwant Singh does not seem to suffer with pre conceived opinions of historic events where the author has its own agenda to press. He has stated events clearly and provided detailed references throughout the book. At times he has clearly rejected the popular Sikh opinion which currently circulates among sikh disciples (including me) and has always followed up with his analysis and reasoning of events.
Overall this is a detailed, untainted and quick read on Sikh history.
The Gurus and warriors of the Sikh kingdom
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Sikhism was born in the Punjab area of South Asia, which now falls into the present day states of India and Pakistan. The main religions of the area at the time were Hinduism and Islam. Sikhism was well established by the time of Guru Arjan , the fifth Guru. Guru Arjan completed the establishment of Amritsar as the capital of the Sikh world, and compiled the first authorised book of Sikh scripture, the Adi Granth. However, during Arjan's time Sikhism was seen as a threat by the state and Guru Arjan was eventually executed for his faith in
1. How did Sikhism begin?
UK Punjab Heritage Assoc. Sikhism has a turbulent history. Believers have sometimes needed to fight for the sanctity of their faith and traditions. This faith burst forth from the radical spiritual and social teachings of Guru Nanak. A new religion demanding equality for all, Sikhism made possible a life without the constraints of the Indian caste system.
Sikhism, known as Sikhi in Punjabi, began in the late 15th century, during the life of Guru Nanak, who lived from until The spirit of God moved from Guru Nanak through his nine successors. In Sultanpur and across all of Northern India, Guru Nanak saw a society deeply divided between hindus and muslims. The muslims were a relatively new arrival in Punjab - they first started coming in about AD - eventually they started converting the local hindu population to Islam through the use of force and enslavement of women and children. An integral part of muslim society was slavery - the nobles and royals kept domestic slaves - both men and women - these slaves were called ghulams. The Sufis also played a huge role in the conversion of people to Islam.
Sikhism , religion and philosophy founded in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent in the late 15th century. Its members are known as Sikhs. According to Sikh tradition, Sikhism was established by Guru Nanak — and subsequently led by a succession of nine other Gurus. All 10 human Gurus , Sikhs believe, were inhabited by a single spirit. In the early 21st century there were nearly 25 million Sikhs worldwide, the great majority of them living in the Indian state of Punjab.