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Foreword to an "A Concise Encyclopedia of Sikhism”

In the realm of Sikh scholarship “A Concise Encyclopedia of Sikhism” stands as a testament to the profound richness and diversity embedded within the Sikh tradition. This compendium navigates the multifaceted faces of Sikhism, encapsulating a comprehensive exploration of its core tenets, historical evolution, societal dimensions, and cultural nuances. Central to this encyclopaedia are entries dedicated to the foundational scriptures of Sikhism- the revered Guru Granth Sahib and the Dasam Granth. These sacred texts encapsulating the spiritual wisdom of the Sikh Gurus, are expounded upon with a scholarly lens, shedding light on their theological significance and enduring impact on the Sikh community. Beyond the religious corpus this volume delves into the expansive landscape of Sikh history, meticulously chronicling the evolution of the faith from its inception to contemporary times. The exploration of Sikh society and culture adds layers of understanding, elucidating the intricate tapestry woven by the communities’ traditions, rituals, and social structures.

A distinctive feature of this encyclopedia is its commitment to consciousness without compromising depth- a balance that allows both scholars and enthusiasts to glean insights into Sikhism’s profound essence. As readers embark on this intellectual journey, they will find themselves immersed in a treasure trove of knowledge that transcends the boundaries of time and space. May this concise yet comprehensive encyclopedia serves as a scholarly companion, fostering a deeper appreciation for Sikhism’s multifaceted dimensions and contributing to a more nuanced understanding of this vibrant and enduring religious tradition.

I express my sincere gratitude to all esteemed well- wishers, esteemed scholars, and revered intellectuals whose invaluable guidance and support have greatly enriched my project. Additionally, I extend heartfelt appreciation to my beloved family members for their understanding and unwavering support, which afforded me the solitude and focus necessary for the successful completion of my endeavours. I anticipate augmenting its contents with further elucidatory entries in the imminent future.

Akal Sahai Jasbir Singh Sarna




As reported by Kanwal Singh an enlightening evening unfolded as "A Concise Encyclopedia of Sikhism" was unveiled, a profound work by esteemed Sikh historian from Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Jasbir Singh Sarna.

The launch took place in the esteemed presence of the eminent scholar and historian himself, S. Rajinder Singh Raina, Former Director Door darshan, and Kanwal Singh, Sikh Columnist and Policy Analyst.

A Concise Encyclopedia of Sikhism stands as a remarkable publication, encapsulating the rich heritage and knowledge of the Sikh community. Dr. Jasbir Singh Sarna Ji's unwavering dedication to preserving and documenting the rich history of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir is a testament to his passion and commitment. His work serves as a tribute to the resilience and spirit of the Sikh community in the region.

Rajinder Singh Raina Ji, an unparalleled scholar and custodian of knowledge, has been a guiding light for scholars from all communities, enriching their research on Sikh history. With one of the finest collections of books in English, Persian, Punjabi, and Urdu, his dedication to preserving the history of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir and POJK is truly commendable.

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