Historical Dictionary of Sikhism

Historical Dictionary of Sikhism

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Author: W H McLeod
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 349
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195662083


A comprehensive dictionary of terms, concepts, events, and personalities in the study of the Sikh religion and history, the Historical Dictionary of Sikhism has been compiled by one of the most renowned authorities in Sikh studies. It includes:

- More than 1000 entries on the Sikh religion, history, and society explained in an accessible way. The entries include specific terms such as bana, bhog, and bung, as well as general concepts as they occur within Sikh belief, such as monogamy, patriarchy, and rites of passage.

- Thoughtful cross-referencing within entries to facilitate us of the Dictionary by lay readers.

- An Extensive updated bibliography of extant works in the English language on the religion and history of the Sikhs.

This is a necessary source book for students, scholars, and general readers in Sikh studies. Practicing Sikhs will find the Dictionary immensely useful. For those with little knowledge of Sikhism, it will be an invaluable companion to any work on the Sikh religion.


Hew McLeod is the leading scholar of Sikhism in the western world and this dictionary provides an authoritative reference work for those interested in the history and development of this important religious movement and the Sikh community.
- Peter Reeves, Asian Studies Review

- Hew McLeod is to be commended for the splendid recourse that he has placed in the hands of those seeking to understand the history and religion of the Sikhs.
- William W Emilsen, Journal of Religious History


Map of the Punjab
Preface to the Second Edition
Editor's Foreword
Abbreviations and Acronyms
The Descendants of Guru Amar Das and Guru Ram Das
Chronology of Sikh History
The Dictionary
Addndum to Bibliography