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Iranian studies

Welcome سلام. خوش آمدید! This guide focuses on useful sources for the study of classical and contemporary Iranian studies. It is tailored to the courses offered by the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies.

Before you start...

Please note this homepage only includes general resources and tools. Detailed lists of resources can be accessed via the left-hand side menu.

Transliteration & romanization

To search the Library catalogue, use the Library of Congress Romanization tables for Persian.

Another common romanization styles are that of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES).

Suggested fonts for the romanization: Unicode fonts

Virtual keyboards

  • Lexilogos is a multilingual keyboard. 
  • Omniglot is the online encyclopedic writing systems
  • Persian Phonetic Keyboard Layout for Windows is for Microsoft Windows users interested to profit from their skill in typing with Latin QWERTY keyboards to type Persian characters much faster.


Digital Toolbox for Iranian Studies "aims at collecting all available digital resources that are relevant to Iranian Studies & related fields of study. It may help you to find:

  • primary sources & academic literature
  • manuscripts & objects in digital archives & collections
  • historic maps, coinage, linguistic corpora
  • academic publications & institutions
  • podcasts, blogs & academic communities
  • and useful apps for your research."


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This guide was created and populated in collaboration with Dr. Eliza Tasbihi, Specialized Cataloging Editor, Islamic Manuscripts, and Ghazaleh Ghanavizchian, Senior Library Clerk, Islamic Studies Library.


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