Overview for The Encyclopaedia of Sikhism (Volume IV)
"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.
Harbans Singh (Editor)
Prof. Harbans Singh is a noted scholar and educationist connected with a number of cultural and educational institutions. In 1976, he was elected Vice-President of the world Congress of Faiths. He was presented Roll of Honour by the Department of Oriental Studies of the Panjab University, Chandigarh, in 1977, for his contribution in the field of literature education. In 1978, Prof. Harbans Singh undertook tour of the European countries, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada and Iran and studied the problems of the Indians settled in those countries. Prof. Harbans Singh represented India at the United Nations General Assembly as a Member of the Indian Delegation in 1983. A nationalist by training and temperament. Prof. Singh is known for his voice of caution on various sensitive issues involving his community and country.