Dr Harnam Singh Shan of Panjab University, Chandigarh, is back after attending the “38th International Congress of Asian and North African Studies (INCANAS) 2007” held from September 9-15.
Shan visited Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, to explore Guru Nanak’s itinerary in that region, as mentioned in some of his early biographies, called Janamsakhis. He was able to locate a marble monument associated with it. He got it photographed and met some eminent archaeologists and scholars of old Turkish language for deciphering its contents and translating the same into English.He is compiling the findings and shall be sharing the same with scholars and believers in near future. The findings can open new avenues of research and communications between East and West.
This was his 9th consecutive visit representing the subcontinent. He presided over the sessions on religion, history and history of civilisations. Dr Shan presented his paper on “Peace at Home, Peace in the World” in the context of the Sikh thought and tradition as expressed and preserved in the sacred Sikh scriptures.
Editors Note: Dr Trilochan Singh in the late 60’s indicated in his research that Guru Nanak had visited Turkey on his udasis (odysseys).