Historical Dictionary of Sikhism

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9780810830356: Historical Dictionary of Sikhism

A thorough survey of Sikhism and what Sikhs refer to as Gurmat, or the teachings of the Guru.

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W.H. McLeod, Professor of History, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, has published twelve books dealing with Sikh history and religion.


McLeod first published his Historical Dictionary of Sikhism in 1995. This book is a revised, much expanded second edition. It is small enough to be non-intimidating, with an inviting, user-friendly style that a wide range of readers will find appealing....a very valuable book that will be of undeniable appeal to a broad audience. It is strongly recommended as an addition to Gurdwara, academic and public library collections. Its style is terse, but very readable, as befits a work of this genre. Its wealth of useful facts and cross-references will undoubtedly serve as a springboard to motivate the reader towards more in-depth exploration and research....This book by Hew McLeod is a worthy addition to this excellent series by the Scarecrow Press. (The Sikh Review)

Compared to Cole and Sambhi's Popular Dictionary of Sikhism (see ARBA 91, entry 1452), this dictionary is a more through reference work. Cole and Sambhi's dictionary does not contain a bibliography nor does it provide as many cross-references. (American Reference Books Annual)

...offers an authoritative reference work on the Sikh religion, history and people....a comprehensive and concise reference work in one volume. (Reference Reviews, Vol. 20 No. 5, 2006)

They were once mysterious denizens of the Punjab, famous for their fighting prowess and their deep secrecy. Now, after their dispersion into India, the UK and the US, Sikhs have transcended some of the mystery but have remained the Other in their diaspora. McLeod, a leading scholar of the Sikh religion and social system, begins with maps, a chronology and an introduction to the contexts of Sikhism, and then provides a comprehensive dictionary of several hundred entries describing the essence of Sikh life, belief and thought, tracing the long history of the Sikhs, their political and religious leaders, and the people inside and outside their faith they consider important. McLeod has updated this edition to include recent developments in the Punjab and elsewhere.

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W. H. McLeod
Editorial: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. (1995)
ISBN 10: 0810830353 ISBN 13: 9780810830356
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Descripción The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0810830353

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