This reference provides a chronology of events, a brief introduction that gives a general overview of the religion, and a dictionary with several hundred entries, which present the gurus and other leaders, trace the rather complex history, expound some of the precepts and concepts, describe many of the rites and rituals, and explain the meaning of numerous related expressions. All this, along with a bibliography, provides readers with an informative and accessible guide toward understanding Sikhism.
William Hewat McLeod is one of the foremost authorities on Sikhism, having taught in the Punjab in the 1950s and since then having studied and written extensively on Sikhism. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including The Sikhs: History, Religion, and Society. The author teaches at the University of Otago in Denedin, New Zealand.