So you don’t like reading? Or maybe you only have limited time? Whatever the reason that you only want to read just one single book on the Sikh way of life, we’d recommend either of the following:

‘The Sikhs in History’ by Sangat Singh. It is not a book without flaws by any means, but it provides a great overview of Sikh history, and by association how the Sikh way of life has been practised during the relatively short space of time since its origin.

‘Dynamics of Sikh Revolution’ by Jagjit Singh. This book is an excellent work that focuses on the ideology of the Sikh way of life and whilst these might not be the easiest words to read or concepts to grasp, it is both all-encompassing and truly insightful.

  • ‘Divine Revelation’; Dr Sarbjinder Singh
  • ‘Guru Nanak’s Life and Thought – Selected Works of Sirdar Kapur Singh’; Ed. Madanjit Kaur & Piar Singh
  • ‘The Sikhs’; J.S. Grewal
  • ‘Life of Banda Singh Bahadur’; Ganda Singh
  • ‘Struggle for Justice: speeches & conversations of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’; Ranbir Singh Sandhu
  • ‘Nanakian Philosophy’; Devinder Singh Chahal
  • ‘Sikh History from Persian Sources’; Translated by J.S.Grewal & Irfan Habib
  • ‘Janamsakhi Tradition: An Analytical Study’; Dr Kirpal Singh
  • ‘History of the Sikhs’; J.D.Cunningham
  • ‘Parasaraprasna’; Kapur Singh
  • ‘Sikh Ideology, Polity and Social Order’; J.S.Grewal
  • ‘Spirit of the Sikh’; Professor Puran Singh
  • ‘Essays in Honour of Dr Ganda Singh’; Harbans Singh & Gerald Barrier
  • ‘Lost in History: 1984 Reconstructed’; Gunisha Kaur
  • ‘The Sikhs of the Punjab’; Joyce Pettigrew

Ideology

  • ‘Divine Revelation’; Dr Sarbjinder Singh
  • ‘Essays in Honour of Dr Ganda Singh’; Harbans Singh & Gerald Barrier
  • ‘Guru Nanak’s Life and Thought – Selected Works of Sirdar Kapur Singh’; Ed. Madanjit Kaur & Piar Singh
  • ‘Nanakian Philosophy’; Devinder Singh Chahal
  • ‘Parasaraprasna’; Kapur Singh
  • ‘Perry Anderson’; The Indian Ideology
  • ‘Sikh Ideology, Polity and Social Order’; J.S.Grewal

History

  • ‘A History of Sikh Misals’; Bhagat Singh
  • ‘Banda Bahadur and His Times’; Rajpal Singh
  • ‘Banda Bahadur: Betrayed by his Lieutenants’; M.S.Chandla
  • ‘Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’; Surinder Singh
  • ‘Bhai Maharaj Singh’; M.L.Ahluwalia
  • ‘Banda Singh Bahadur And Sikh Sovereignty’; Harbans Kaur Sagoo
  • ‘History of the Sikhs’; J.D.Cunningham
  • ‘History of the Sikhs’; Khushwant Singh
  • ‘Indian Punjab’; Dr B.S.Nijjar
  • ‘Janamsakhi Tradition: An Analytical Study’; Dr Kirpal Singh
  • ‘Life of Banda Singh Bahadur’; Ganda Singh
  • ‘Life & Exploits of Banda Singh Bahadur’; Sohan Singh
  • ‘Maharani Jind Kaur’; Dr Bakhshish Singh Nijjar
  • ‘Misl, Sikh State and the Institution of Khalsa’; Dr J.C. Dua
  • ‘Rise of the Sikh Power in Punjab’; Sohan Singh Sital
  • ‘Ruling through education’; Tim Allender
  • ‘Spirituo-Ethical Philosophy of Guru Angad Dev’; Dr Jodh Singh
  • ‘Sikh History from Persian Sources’; Translated by J.S.Grewal & Irfan Habib
  • ‘Sikh Leadership’; Joginder Singh
  • ‘The Babbar Akali Case Judgement’; Edited by Professor Malwinderjit Singh Waraich & Dr Gurdev Singh Sidhu
  • ‘The First Anglo-Sikh War’; Amarpal Singh Sidhu
  • ‘The Grandeur of Khalsa’; Dr Inderpal Singh
  • ‘The Heritage of the Punjab’; Harbans Singh
  • ‘The Khalsa over 300 years’; J.S.Grewal & Indy Bangu (Editors)
  • ‘The Legend of Banda Bahadur’; Harish Dhillon [novel]
  • ‘The Partition of the Punjab’; Kirpal Singh
  • ‘The Sikhs’; J.S. Grewal
  • ‘The Sikhs’; Max Arthur Macauliffe
  • ‘The Sikhs and the Sikh Wars’; Gough & Innes
  • ‘The Sikh Diaspora’; Darshan Singh Tatla
  • ‘The Sikhs in History’; Sangat Singh
  • ‘The Sikhs of the Punjab’; J.S. Grewal
  • ‘The Singh Sabha and other Socio-religious Movements in the Punjab’; Dr Ganda Singh (Editor)
  • ‘The Violence of the Green Revolution’; Vandana Shiva
  • ‘Winston Churchill’s Anglo-Sikh Wars’; Karnail Singh
  • ‘ਵੀਂਹਵੀ ਸਦੀ ਦੀ ਸਿੱਖ ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀ’; ਅਜਮੇਰ ਸਿੰਘ

Sikh Struggle for Sovereignty

  • ‘A Zeal for Martydom: Kartar Singh Sarabha’; Dr Gurcharan Singh Muhay
  • ‘Fighting for Faith and Nation’; Cynthia Mahmood
  • ‘Holocaust of the Sikh Raj’; Punjabi Parkashan
  • Lost in History: 1984 Reconstructed’; Gunisha Kaur
  • ‘Reflections on 1984’; Harjinder Singh
  • ‘Sikh Nationalism & Identity in a Global Age’; Giorgio Shani
  • ‘Struggle for Justice: speeches & conversations of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’; Ranbir Singh Sandhu
  • ‘Struggle of the Sikhs for Sovereignty’; S.S. Gandhi
  • ‘The Sikhs of the Punjab’; Joyce Pettigrew
  • ‘What’s happening to India’; Robin Jeffrey