Books Relating to Sikh and Punjab Studies


G. S Mann et al. An Introduction to Punjabi: Grammar, Conversation, and Literature (Punjabi University Press, 2011), is a language manual that responds to the growing needs of students, whether as beginners or intermediate learners.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part introduces the Gurumukhi script and provides detailed descriptions of grammatical structures and vocabulary and the second part provides presentations of poetry and short stories written by pre-eminent twentieth century Punjabi writers.

While this book is designed for use in classroom settings, it can also be used independently as a reference guide.

Book Reviews:


G.S. Mann's Sikhism (Prentice Hall, 2004) is published in Religions of the World Series. Focusing predominantly on primary source material, this book reconstructs five centuries of Sikh history and examines Sikh beliefs and practices, as well as the nature and composition of Sikh society.

The Japanese and Spanish editions of the book were released in 2007.

Making of Sikh Scripture

G. S. Mann's Making of Sikh Scripture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001) reconstructs the history of the Sikh scriptural text, the Adi Granth, from the 1530s to the present day, and also attempts to place it in the larger context of Sikh institutional developments. This book is also available at Oxford Scholarship Online, and has been reprinted in both hard (2002) and soft covers (2003, 2006, and 2009) by Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in America

Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in America, was a co-authored volume featuring the work of G.S. Mann, Paul David Numrich, and Raymond B. Williams (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001). The volume contains three chapters that narrate the history of the Sikhs and their settlement in America. A revised edition of the book was released in 2008.

Terror in the Mind of God

Mark Juergensmeyer's Terror in the Mind of God (Berkeley: UC Press, 2000) has a chapter on Sikh militancy, and presents the first serious discussion of religious nationalism in which Sikh issues are closely woven into the main narrative. The winner of the prestigious Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion in 2003, the book has gone through several reprints ad editions.