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Approaches Towards Examining Sikh History

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Purnima Dhavan

The intention of this focus group is to critically analyize and consider the different approaches towards studying Sikh History.  Sikhism being one of the youngest religions in the world offers a very unique opporunity for study.  Where the history has been well documented in multiple languages and throughout different time periods, it provides students and scholars alike an exciting opportunity to explore the multiple intersections of politics, culture, langauge, other religions, and people within the context of Sikh History.  The focus group is envisioned as the first part in a two part exploration into Sikh History.  The Winter Focus groups will touch on a different topic every week ranging from languages in the Punjab (land where Sikhism Originated from) to readings and discussions on the Guru Granth Sahib (The Sikh Holy Text).  The following spring quarter focus group would expand on one or two of the topic from winter quarter to explore further,  those could be issues ranging from the Sikh Genocide in 1984 and how it ties to current social justice issues in Punjab, to a more in depth examination into the languages used with in the Guru Granth Sahib and looking at the cultural, social and historical issues that influenced that.