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South Asian studies

Welcome - آداب - नमस्ते - خوش آمدید ! This guide focuses on sources for the study of South Asian Islam with a focus on Pakistan and India. It is tailored to the courses offered by the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies.


The 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.

Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd edition) is a unique and invaluable reference tool setting out the present state of knowledge of the Muslim World.

Encyclopaedia of Islam (3rd edition) is an entirely new work reflecting the great diversity of current scholarship on the Muslim World, including Islam in the 20th century and Muslim minorities all over the world.

Historical Abstracts (Ebsco) covers a broad range of topics including references to South Asian studies.

Index Islamicus is an international classified bibliography of publications in European languages on Islam and the Muslim World.

Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography contains citations to critical works on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

SAVIFA (Xasia) (University of Heidelberg) is 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.



Aryanpour is an English to Persian dictionary helpful to translate texts and documents from one language to the other.

Dekhoda Online Dictionary

Francis Joseph Steingass’ Persian Dictionary Online is an app aiming to provide a more efficient search algorithm than the one offered by DSAL, University of Chicago.

Sulayman Hayyim’ Persian Dictionary Online is designed to give the English meanings of over 50,000 words, terms, idioms, and proverbs in the Persian language, as well as the transliteration of the words in English characters.





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.


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