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The Sikh Reference Book - Book By Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer

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Authors: Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer
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Language: English
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Introduction To Book 'The Sikh Reference' By Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer
When I published my first book, I faced problem with finding material about several points. Earlier, I had gone through several encyclopaedias and reference books. These encyclopaedias had a little material about Sikhism and most of that was either incorrect or lop-sided. Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha's Mahan Kosh is a great work but it was compiled in 1925, more than 70 years earlier. Besides, there are several factual mistakes in that work. It needs revision.
In 1980, I decided to compile a comprehensive Reference Book on Sikhism. I had a planning to write some entries about the Sikh Philosophy, the histori-
cal Sikh shrines and about 500 Sikh personalities. In those days I received a letter from Professor Harbans Singh to write a few entries for The Encyclop-paedia of Sikhism. At first I thought that I should abandon my plan as an encyclopaedia was already being prepared and there was no need of another such work. But, as it is a part of my personality that once I decide to do some work. I don't try to escape. I have never accepted my defeat, nor have I ever surrendered. So, I continued my work. In 1991, I had finished major part of this work. But more and more material became available  to me, hence the publication was delayed.
I had completed a part of my work I was at Chandigarh and Amritsar. In July 1983, I moved to England where I collected a lot of material from the India Office Records at Blackfriars, London. IN October 1984, I moved to Norway and in March 1993 to Denmark. I had only a few books with me. I had to order hundreds of books about the Sikh philosophy, the Sikh history as well as biographies of the Sikh personalities etc. from Amritsar, Jullundur, Ludhiana, Delhi etc. Moreover, it was really difficult job to find material from these sources. Data, in different books, clashed with each other. It was a hard job to separate chaff from grain. When I had finished the first reading of proofs, the first volume of The Encyclopaedia of Sikhism too had come out. I don't know whether I have succeeded or not, but I have tried to do my work sincerely and honestly. I know there will be several mistakes. I had limitations, I was staying in Norway and Denmark, getting material from my own library, and , producing 'one man's show'. I promise that I will improve the next edition as much as feasible.
I had a problem with computer programme too. In my poor computer, I did not have suitable symbols to spell Punjabi words. So I could not give perfect spellings but I have tried to do the best possible.
I have used Aa for, T for and, Tth for, Dd for, Ddh for, Rh for etc. I wish to switch to perfect spellings in the forthcoming editions.
With this I present this book to the scholars and to common readers. I hope it will be welcomed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Harjinder Singh Dilgeer
About Author Of Book 'The Sikh Reference' 
Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer, is a well known authority on the Sikh studies. He has written several books on various subjects of the Sikh studies and most of his writings are pioneer works in particular fields.
The Sikh Reference Book is his magnum opus. It has 3905 entries besides a chronology of 525 years. It is hard to believe that this work has been done by a single person who had been staying in Norway and Denmark.
Dr. Dilgeer has been teaching in colleges in the Punjab, at the Panjab University at Chandigarh and also in Canada. He has travelled through various
countries of the world including England, Canada, United States of America, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore etc. and has given lectures on various issues concerning Sikhism.
He has also served as editor of several journals. He is the founder editor-in-chief of the international research journal The Sikhs Past and Present.He has contributed hundreds of articles  to various newspapers and journals of the world.
Frontcover To Book 'The Sikh Reference' By Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer
The Sikh Reference Book is an encyclopaedic work about the Sikh Philosophy the Sikh shrines and the places visited by Guru Sahib, the life-stories of Guru Sahib, prominent Sikhs and the persons associated with the Sikh history. Besides, it has a comprehensive chronology from 1469 to 1994.
The book begins with an INDEX which is, in fact detailed CONTENTS.
The first section is the CONCEPTS. In this section, there are 457 entries about the Sikh culture, literature polity and theology.
The second section is the SIKH HOMELAND, In this section, there are 963 entries about the Gurdwaras and the places visited by Guru Sahib.
The third section is the DICTIONARY of SIKH BIOGRAPHY. In this section, there are the biographies of Guru Sahib, their families, the Sikh martyrs,
prominent Sikhs and the persons associated with the Siikhs, There are 2489 entries in this section.
The fourth section is the SIKH CHRONOLOGY. It covers the period from the birth of Guru Nanak Sahib October 20,1469 to December 31, 1994.
The total number of entries is 3905, plus the Sikh chronology of 525 years.
Table Of Contents For 'The Sikh Reference' By Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer



Page No

  Introduction 9
1. Index 11
2. The Sikh Culture 39
3. The Literature about Sikhism 67
4. The Sikh Polity 87
5. The Sikh Theology 99
6. The Sikh Homeland (Places and Gurdwaras) 117
7. The Dictionary of the Sikh Biography 235
8. Chronology of the Sikh History 653


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