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  • Religious Literacy
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Each module reviews how instructors can guide students as they:

  • Introduce themselves to the tradition
  • Investigate the diverse beliefs, behaviors, and experiences of belonging related to the Khalsa—the group of initiated Sikhs
  • Intersect Sikh traditions with the Sikh diaspora and American culture/history

If this is your first Religious Traditions course, we recommend familiarizing yourself with key frameworks used in religious studies before beginning. Methods of Religious Studies – Review


As you begin an exploration of Sikh traditions, consider the following questions:

  • What do you know/think you know about Sikh religious traditions?
  • Where did you learn this information? Do you believe these sources are credible? Why or why not?
  • Have you personally spoken with someone who self-identifies Sikh about their religious identity or religious tradition?


Return to the reflection questions above and review the responses:

  • What have you learned in this module that has changed or deepened your understanding of Sikh traditions?


Read the following short essays from Harvard University’s Pluralism Project:

  • In what ways does this community simultaneously reflect Sikh belief, behavior, and belonging?
  • Are there beliefs, behaviors, or experiences of belonging that bind together all people who self-identify as Sikh regardless if they are part of the Khalsa or not?


  • Thinking back on Dr. Simran Jeet Singh’s theory of Sikhs falling into the new racial category “the apparent Muslim,” how has this section affected your thoughts about and/or attitudes toward Sikhism?
  • Why do you think race and religion are closely tied together in the minds of the American public when it comes to Sikh and Muslim traditions?

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