Sikhs feel misunderstood, at risk since 9/11
Faith centered on equality and openness
Sikhism, a major religion with about 25 million adherents worldwide, remains little known and widely misunderstood in the United States, where turban-wearing Sikh men are often mistaken for Muslims. In fact, said Harpreet Singh, a doctoral student in religion at Harvard University, nearly all people who wear turbans in the United States are Sikhs. “We don’t want to say, ‘We are not Muslims,’ because that has the implication of, ‘Don’t attack us, attack them,’ ” he said.