Harvard University, one of the best universities in the world, has started an online course on Sikhism and most interestingly it will be free of cost. According to reports, over one lakh people have already registered for the online course whose classes started on Monday. "This course examines the Sikh scripture from a doctrinal and historical perspective by providing an overview of Sikh teachings as well as the historical context within which the scripture evolved and became canonized," introduction of the course on the University's website reads.
The course is being offered as a part of the institution's course series titled ‘World Religions Through Scriptures’. Although it was started in the year 2016 but the Sikhism was included in the year 2018 after it received high demand for the same. Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism are some of the other religions that are included in the course.
The course curriculum have been prepared by a team of three experts - Harpreet Singh - Scholar of Sikhism and South Asian Religions Traditions and two teaching assistant- Damanpreet Singh and Ravinder Singh. All of them will be communicating with students online to solve their queries. Study materials for the four-week online course will be available on institute’s online interface.
What you will learn
- Exploration of a foundational Sikh text, the Japji, which was composed by Guru Nanak and is recited by Sikhs as part of their morning prayers
- The place of Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scripture, in Sikh life
- Interpretative skills to engage in a nuanced reading of Guru Granth Sahib
- Gurmat Sangit, the Sikh musical tradition, as represented in the Sikh scripture and its cultural context
- The aesthetics of Sikhi, including literature, art, and music
- The political dimensions of Sikh scripture and its impact on the evolution of Sikhs as a Panth or community