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Sikhism in Iraq

Sikhism in Iraq does not have a permanent population, but has a historical presence because of travels by Guru Nanak and Sikh soldiers stationed in Iraq during World War I and World War II.[1]

Guru Nanak's journey

Guru Nanak traveled vast distances in four major journeys with his Muslim Minstrel, Bhai Mardana. During one of those journeys, he traveled across the Muslim world and at one point stayed outside of Baghdad. According to historical sources he held a dialogue with Sheikh Bahlool Dana, a Sufi saint. At some point a shrine to Guru Nanak was built alongside Bahlool Dana's tomb.[1] In the chaos following the 2003 Invasion of Iraq looters or vandals stripped the monument of religious texts and a plaque commemorating the meeting.[1]

World Wars

During both world wars Sikh soldiers in the [1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "AFP: Sikh shrine in Baghdad lives on in memories".  

External links

  • A 1969 article from "The Sikh Review" detailing the discovery of the monument to Guru Nanak in Baghdad


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