This site is an introduction to all manner of information about Sikh religion and culture. It is not necessarily an academic site - there are links to Sikh greetings cards and adverts placed by matrimonial services - but there are several sections which are of interest to researchers, especially those beginning an investigation of the Sikh religion. There are, for example, detailed outlines of the lives of the Sikh Gurus and their teachings, and much the same information is given about significant Sikh martyrs. There is an excellent list of significant historical events with links to further pages giving extensive details about the events on the list. All in all the site looks a bit tacky, an impression which is not helped by some of the more trivial data it carries. While you might want to avoid the recipes and marriage offers by email, however, there are some parts of this site which will be of great general interest.
J.B. Hare established the Internet Sacred Text Archive to make public domain religious and mythological texts available to the interested reader. It brings together material collected by the archive itself with a variety of links from other primary resource sites on the Internet to form one of the largest and far reaching electronic text resources available anywhere. With a somewhat eclectic selection in content, the site includes everything from English translations of the sacred texts of African, Australian, and North American indigenous cultures to Eastern, Neo-Pagan and Occult traditions. Judeo-Christian and Islamic resources are also well represented. The archive is still growing, with new texts added on a regular basis. The need to avoid material which is still in copyright means that many of the translations date from over a hundred years ago, but the variety of resources in translation makes the site invaluable to those lacking extensive foreign language skills who wish to rapidly familiarise themselves with a specific tradition. This site is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to locate an electronic English-language version of a significant religious text from almost any religious tradition.
The Sikh Home Page is a attractive website offering a good introduction to the beliefs and philosophy of Sikhism, complete with images and the occasional audio accompaniment. Beginning with a basic overview of the Sikh history, the site then turns to a series of more detailed essays on the ten guru masters and brief expositions on Sikh saints. Also available is a considerable collection of writings, including an English translation of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, as well as other prayers and poetry. Those unfamiliar with Sikh practices will find the glossary of terms in the "Resources" section and the details on festivals and ceremonies under "Way of Life" particularly helpful. Students requiring introductory background information will find the histories, biographies and reading lists direct and accessible. The site is the work of practising Sikh Sandeep Singh Brar.
The Sri Granth website is a resource for studying the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. The site permits viewing of parallel passages in any chosen combination of Gurmukhi, Hindi, Punjabi, and English, plus a transliteration and two Punjabi teekas (commentaries). Hovering the mouse pointer over the Gurmukhi text displays a transliteration of individual words, and sometimes also a translation. A search function is available, including support for non-Roman character sets (Gurmukhi and Devanagari) via an on-screen keyboard. Alternatively, one can jump to any of the Guru Granth Sahib's 1430 standardised pages. Secondary resources are also provided: an encyclopaedia, dictionaries, and a word list, although little of this material seems to be available in English. Additionally, there is a link to an online version of the Dasam Granth, the works attributed to Guru Gobind Singh, Sikhism's final guru. Although the comparative lack of English secondary material or critical apparatus may be a drawback for some, this is a useful site for those studying the Sikh scriptures.
The website 'Sri Guru Granth Sahib', part of the sikhs.org website, gives access to an English translation and commentary on the central text in the Sikh religion. The site has a number of sections about the text: a history of the writing of the book, notes about the authors, a table of contents and index as well as the translation itself. There are a number of pages about the different translators of the Adi Granth, a comparison of the translations themselves and notes about navigating the text on the site. There are some problems with navigation, however. The menus for the 'Pick a section' and 'Pick a page' options do not appear on some browsers (Safari, for example, cannot see them at all, while IE, Opera and Firefox can). When they are visible, however, the menu of sections available is only four characters wide, so it impossible to tell which part of the text you will be taken to. All browsers show the index link. The translations themselves are well-presented and from an authoritative source.