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Islamic languages

Welcome - Merhaba - أهلا وسهلا - Hoşgeldiniz - خوش آمدید ! This guide focuses on useful sources for the study of the Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu Languages taught at the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies.


John T. Platts’ Urdu Dictionary is made available online by DSAL, University of Chicago.

John Shakespear’s Urdu Dictionary is made available online by DSAL, University of Chicago.

Urdu Dictionary (powered by Mediawiki)

Urdu-English Dictionary is a free online resource including more than 450,000 words.


International Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature. Delhi, India : Mittal Publications, 1987-1995. Print.

Urdu Insa'iklopidya. Lahaur : Ferozesons, [1962]. Print.




McGill Newspapers collection provides a complete list of electronically accessible Newspapers held by McGill University.


Barker, Muhammad A.-R. A Course in Urdu =: Ibtidāʼī Urdū. Ithaca, N.Y: Spoken Language Services, 1990. Print.

Barker, Muhammad A.-R. A Course in Urdu. Montreal: Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, 1967. Print.

Barker, Muhammad A.-R, Shah A. Salam, and Muḥammad A. Siddīqī. A Reader of Classical Urdu Poetry. Ithaca, N.Y: Spoken Language Services, 1977. Print.

Bhatia, Tej K, and Ashok Koul. Colloquial Urdu: The Complete Course for Beginners. London: Routledge, 2013. Electronic resource.

Dowson, John. A Grammar of the Urdū or Hindūstānī Language. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co, 1908. Print.

Pien, Joshua H, and Fauzia Farooqui. Beginning Urdu: A Complete Course. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011. Print.

Platts, John T. A Grammar of the Hindustānī or Urdu Language. Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1990. Print.

Russell, Ralph. A New Course in Urdu and Spoken Hindi: For Learners in Britain. London: University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Extramural Division, 1986. Electronic resource.

Schmidt, Ruth L. Dakhini Urdu: History and Structure. New Delhi: Bahri, 1981. Print.

Schmidt, Ruth L. Urdu, an Essential Grammar. London: Routledge, 1999. Print.

Shackle, C, and Rupert Snell. Hindi and Urdu Since 1800: A Common Reader. New Delhi, India: Heritage Publishers, 1990. Print.

Singh, Rajendra. Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics: 2008. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 2008. Electronic resource.

Southworth, Franklin C. The Student's Hindi-Urdu Reference Manual. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1971. Print.


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