Vol.1: 628p., 25 cm. ISBN: 81-7380-100-2.
Vol.2: 596p., 25 cm. ISBN: 81-7380-204-1.
Vol.3: 536p., 25 cm. ISBN: 81-7380-349-8.
Vol.4: 590p., 25 cm. ISBN: 81-7380-530-X.
Encyclopaedias do not grow on trees.The force in the dictum notwithstanding, the Punjabi University promised to produce one for the scholarly world--an Encyclopaedia of Sikhism. It was a daring undertaking. Happily, the first volume of the encyclopaedia in a four-part series is now ready. It comprises about 850 entries, covering different aspects of Sikh life and letters, history and philosophy, customs and rituals, social and religious movements, art and architecture, locales and shrines. Professor Harbans Singh has laboured diligently and created a work of high literary and scholarly worth. He has devoted all his energies over the past several years to this work of which he was the inspiration and to which his name will remain inseparably attached. It is not easy to restate and repack the entire range of information and knowledge of a people. An attempt has been made here precisely to define the ideas and terms of Sikhism. The writing is direct, terse and tight and the aim throughout has been intelligibility and thoroughness. The volume will provide the background and facts necessary for comprehending Sikh thought and symbolism. It should be useful both for the expert and the general reader.