(First Published in 2007)
Edited by J.S.Grewal And Irfan Habib
This volume is a part of the research and publication programme of the Indian History Congress to commemorate the tercentenary of the Khalsa. It presents translations of all major Persian sources of Sikh history up to 1765, when Sikh power was established over the Punjab. These sources offer details that are not otherwise available, and richly supplement the information preserved in the Punjabi (Gurmukhi) traditions. Yet, until now, most of the Persian texts translated here have not been available in English; the translations given here thus meet a long-felt need. These are freshly made, with much care exercised to preserve accuracy and provide adequate annotation.
Of the two editors, Professor J.S. Grewal has contributed an introduction critically assessing the value of these texts for reconstructing Sikh history. Professor Irfan Habib, on his part, has organized the work of translation, having himself rendered a number of the texts into English for this volume.
J.S. Grewal, formerly Professor of History and then Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is an eminent historian of the Sikhs, and of medieval and modern Indian history in general. His numerous works include Guru Nanak in History (1969) and Sikhs of the Punjab (1990).
Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History at the Aligarh Muslim University, is a well-known historian and author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India (1963; revised edn 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995). He is General Editor of the Peoples History of India series, and has authored/co-authored the following monographs in the series: Prehistory, The Indus Civilization, The Vedic Age (with Vijay Kumar Thakur), Mauryan India (with Vivekanand Jha), Indian Economy, 1858-1914.