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Sikhism: Reference Works and Journals

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Cole, W. Owen, and Piara Singh Sambhi. A Popular Dictionary of Sikhism. London: Curzon; Glenn Dale, MD: Riverdale, 1990.

Dogra, Ramesh Chander and Gobind Singh Mansukhani. Encyclopaedia of Sikh Religion and Culture. New Delhi: Vikas, 1995.

Kohli, Surindar Singh. A Conceptual Encyclopaedia of Guru Granth Sahib. New Delhi: Manohar, 1992.

McLeod, W.H. Historical Dictionary of Sikhism. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1995.

Rai, Priya Muhar, comp. Sikhism and the Sikhs: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Greenwood, 1989.

Singh, Harbans, ed. The Encyclopaedia of Sikhism. Patiala: Punjabi University Press, 1992-
3 vols. (A-R) owned.

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Journal of Regional History. Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University, 1980-

Journal of Religious Studies. Patiala: Punjabi University, 1969-

Journal of Sikh Studies. Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University, 1974-

Panjab Past and Present. Patiala: Punjabi University, 1967-

Sikh Religious Studies Information. Stony Brook, NY: Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religion 1979-

The Sikh Review. Calcutta: Sikh Cultural Centre. 1953-

Studies in Sikhism and Comparative Relgion. New Delhi: Guru Nanak Foundation, 1982-


Sikhism: Surveys

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Cole, W. Owen, and Piara Singh Sambhi. The Sikhs: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices. 2nd ed. Brighton, UK: Sussex Academic Press, 1995.

Daljeet Singh. Essentials of Sikhism. Amritsar: Singh Bros., 1994.

Daljeet Singh, and Kharak Singh. Sikhism: Its Philosophy and History. Chandigarh: Institute of Sikh Studies, 1997.

Dhillon, Dalbir Singh. Sikhism: Origin and Development. New Delhi: Atlantic, 1988.

Dhillon, Gurdarshan Singh. Researches in Sikh Religion and History. Chandigarh: Sumeet Prakashan, 1989.

Grewal, J.S. The Sikhs of the Punjab. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Hawley, John Stratton and Gurinder Singh Mann. Studying the Sikhs: Issues for North America. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Khushwant Singh. A History of the Sikhs. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963-66.

McLeod, W. H. The Sikhs: History, Religion, and Society. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

---. Who is a Sikh? The Problem of Sikh Identity. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Mann, Jasbir Singh, and Kharak Singh, eds. Recent Researches in Sikhism. Patiala: Punjabi University, 1992.

Singh, Gopal. A History of the Sikh People, 1469-1988. 2nd ed. New Delhi: World Book Centre, 1988.

---. The Religion of the Sikhs. Bombay: Asia Pub. House, 1971.

Singh, Harbans. The Heritage of the Sikhs. 2nd ed. New Delhi: Manohar, 1994.


Sikhism: Doctrine and Tradition

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Avtar Singh. Ethics of the Sikhs. Patiala: Punjabi University Press, 1970.

Cole, W. Owen. The Guru in Sikhism. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1982.

Daljeet Singh. Sikhism, a Comparative Study of its Theology and Mysticism. New Delhi: Sterling, 1979.

Darshan Singh. A Study of Bhakta Ravidasa. Patiala: Punjabi University Press, 1981.

Gurnam Kaur. Reason and Revelation in Sikhism. New Delhi: Cosmo, 1990.

Jodha Singha. Kabir. Patiala: Punjabi University Press, 1971.

Santokh Singh. Philosophical Foundations of the Sikh Value System. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1982.

Shera Singha. Philosophy of Sikhism. New Delhi: Sterling, 1966.

Singh, Wazir. The Sikh Vision: Problems of Philosophy and Faith. New Delhi: Ess Ess Publications, 1992.


Sikhism: Texts in Translation and Textual Studies

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Dass, Nirmal, trans. Songs of Kabir from the Adi Granth. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.

Hawley, John Stratton, and Mark Juergensmeyer, trans. Songs of the Saints of India. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Khushwant Singh, trans. Hymns of Guru Nanak. New Delhi: Orient Longman, 1991.

McLeod, W.H., ed. Textual Sources for the Study of Sikhism. Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble, 1984.

Mandanjit Kaur and Piar Singh, eds. Guru Arjan and His Sukhmani. Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University, 1992.

Premka Kaur, trans. Peace Lagoon: Sacred Songs of the Sikhs: the Collected Hymns of Guru Nanak, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjun, and Guru Gobind Singh. 4th ed. San Bernardino, CA: Borgo Press, 1986.

Randhawa, G.S., trans. Guru Nanak's Japuji. 3rd ed. Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University Press, 1994.

Singh, Gopal, trans. Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Chandigarh: World Sikh University Press, 1978.

---. Sri Guru Granth Sahib: an Anthology. Calcutta: M.P. Birla Foundation, 1989.

---. Thus Spake the Tenth Master. Patiala: Punjabi University, 1978.

Talib, Gurbachan Singh, trans. Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Patiala: Punjabi University Press, 1984-90.

---. Japuji: The Immortal Prayer Chant. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1977.

Singh, Trilochan, trans. Hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur: Songs of Nirvana. Delhi: Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, 1975.

Singh, Trilochan, et al., trans. Selections from the Sacred Writings of the Sikhs. London: G. Allen & Unwin, 1960.


Sikhism: History

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Guru Period

Ajit Singh and Rajinder Singh, eds. Studies in Guru Nanak. Delhi: National Book Shop, 1984-87.

Ahuja, N.D. The Great Guru Nanak and the Muslims. Chandigarh: Kirti,1971.

Banerjee, Anil Chandra. Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh.Allahabad: Rajesh, 1978.

---. The Sikh Gurus and the Sikh Religion. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1983.

Cole, W. Owen. Sikhism and its Indian Context, 1469-1708. London: Dartman, Longman & Todd, 1984.

Duggal, K.S. Sikh Gurus: Their Lives and Teachings. New Delhi: Vikas, 1980.

Fauja Singh. Guru Amar Das: Life and Teachings. New Delhi: Sterling, 1979.

Gandhi, Surjit Singh. History of the Sikh Gurus: A Comprehensive Study. Delhi: Gur Das Kapur, 1978.

Gill, P.S. Guru Tegh Bahadur, the Unique Martyr. Jullundur: New Academic Pub. Co., 1975.

Grewal, J.S. Guru Nanak in History. Chandigarh: Panjab University, 1969.

Grewal, J.S., and S.S. Bal. Guru Gobind Singh: A Biographical Study. Chandigarh: Panjab University, 1967.

Gupta, B.S. Guru Tegh Bahadur: A Study. Chandigarh: Panjab University, 1978.

Gurdip Kaur Brar. Guru Nanak's Philosophy of Politics. Bhatinda, India: MBTSS, 1994.

Inderpal Singh and Mandanjit Kaur, eds. Guru Nanak: A Global Vision. Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University, 1997.

Kanwarjit Singh. Political Philosphy of the Sikh Gurus. New Delhi: Atlantic, 1989.

Kholi, Surinder Singh. Philosophy of Guru Nanak. Chandigarh: Panjab University, 1969.

McLeod, W.H. Guru Nanak and the Sikh Religion. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968.

Mansukhani, Gobind Singh. Guru Ramdas: His Life, Work, and Philosophy. New Delhi: Oxford & IBH, 1979.

Nayyar, Gurbachan Singh. The Sikhs in Ferment: Battles of the Sikh Gurus. New Delhi: National Book Organization, 1992.

Puri, Sunita. Advent of Sikh Religion: A Socio-Political Perspective. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1993.

Sahib Singh. Guru Nanak Dev and His Teachings. Jullundur: Raj Publishers, 1969.

Singh, Harbans. Guru Nanak and the Origin of the Sikh Faith. Bombay: Asia Pub. House, 1969.

Taran Singh., ed. Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev. Patiala: Punjabi University Press, 1977.

Talib, Gurbachan Singh. Guru Nanak, His Personality and Vision. Delhi: Gur Das Kapur, 1969.

---. The Impact of Guru Gobind Singh on Indian Society: A Socio-Ethical Interpretation of the Sikh Religion. Chandigarh: Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, 1966.

Singh, Daljeet. Guru Tegh Bahadur. Patiala: Languages Department, 1971.

Singh, Wazir. Aspects of Guru Nanak's Philosophy. Ludhiana: Lahore Book Shop, 1969.

---. Guru Arjan Dev. Delhi: National Book Trust, 1991.

Trilochan Singh. Life of Guru Har Krishan: A Biography and History. Delhi: Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, 1981.

Khalsa Raj to British Raj

Bal, Sarjit Singh. A Brief History of the Modern Punjab. Ludhiana: Lyall, 1974.

Banerjee, Anil Chandra. The Khalsa Raj. New Delhi: Abhinav, 1985.

Fauja Singh. After Ranjit Singh. New Delhi: Master, 1982.

---. Kuka Movement: An Important Phase in Punjab's Role in India's Struggle for Freedom. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1965.

---. Some Aspects of State and Society Under Ranjit Singh. New Delhi: Master, 1982.

Fox, Richard G. Lions of the Punjab: Culture in the Making. Berkeley: University of California, 1985.

Grewal, J.S. The Reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Structure of Power, Economy, and Society. Patiala: Punjabi University Press, 1981.

Khushwant Singh. Ranjit Singh, Maharajah of the Punjab. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1962.

Mohinder Singh. The Akali Movement. New Delhi: Macmillan, 1978.

---. The Akali Struggle: A Retrospect. New Delhi: Atlantic, 1988.

Nripinder Singh. The Sikh Moral Tradition: Ethical Perceptions of the Sikhs in the Late Nineteenth/Early Twentieth Century. New Delhi: Manohar, 1990.

Oberoi, Harjot. The Construction of Religious Boundaries: Culture, Identity, and Diversity in Sikh Tradition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Webster, John C. B. The Nirankari Sikhs. Delhi: Macmillan, 1979.


Sikhism: Contemporary

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McMullen, C.O. Religious Beliefs and Practices of Sikhs in Rural Punjab. New Delhi: Manohar,1989.

Mahmood, Cynthia Keppley. Fighting for Faith and Nation: Dialogues with Sikh Militants. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

Mohinder Singh, ed. History and Culture of Panjab. New Delhi:Atlantic, 1988.

Nayar, Kuldip and Khushwant Singh. Tragedy of the Punjab: Operation Bluestar & After. New Delhi:Vision, 1984.

Pettigrew, Joyce J.M. The Sikhs of the Punjab: Unheard Voices of State and Guerrilla Violence. London: Zed Books, 1995.


Sikhism: The Arts

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Arshi, P.S. The Golden Temple: History, Art, and Architecture. New Delhi: Harman, 1989.

Mandanjit Kaur. Golden Temple, Past and Present. Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University Press, 1983.

Mansukhani, Gobind Singh. Indian Classical Music and Sikh Kirtan. New Delhi: Oxford & IBH, 1982.

Sikh Sacred Music. New Delhi: Sikh Sacred Music Society, 1967.