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South Asian studies: Reference works

Welcome! This subject guide provides an overview of sources for the study of Islam in South Asia with a focus on Pakistan and India. The guide is tailored to the courses offered by the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. Feel free to contact


  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) Scholarly and general interest sources in business, medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies Indexes articles and book chapters, including many South Asian publications not covered by other databases. Browse journal lists to see the time periods covered.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam (2nd edition, Brill) Covers the Islamic world up to, roughly the 20th century.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam (3rd edition, Brill) Covers the Islamic world from the 20th century to the present.
  • Historical Abstracts (Ebsco) Covers a broad range of topics including references to South Asian studies.
  • Index Islamicus (Brill) An excellent resource to begin researching. II covers all European languages related to Islamic studies.
  • JSTOR A subject searchable index of journals on-line with JSTOR. Retrieves full-text back files of scholarly journals, some of which date back to the 1800's. Does not include articles more recent than five years ago.
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography Contains citations to critical works on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
  • Project Muse A subject searchable index of the Johns Hopkins University Press Journals on-line with Project Muse. Retrieves more than 5000 full text articles.
  • SAVIFA (Xasia) (University of Heidelberg) An information gateway for South Asia Studies, which offers you a comprehensive access to professionally selected and annotated internet resources as well as other scientific information.
  • South Asia Research Documentation Services 3 (SARDS3) SARDS3 is an electronic database containing bibliographic references to South Asia research articles published in journals, collective volumes, conference proceedings, Festschriften, etc.

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