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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.


The Encyclopedia of Anthropology in five-volume is a unique collection of over 1000 entries focusing on topics in physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural/social anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Also included are relevant articles on geology, paleontology, biology, evolution, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and theology.

The Cambridge History of Iran is part of the Cambridge Histories Online series and focuses on the lives, culture and anthropology of Iran.


Cultural Anthropology is the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA), a section of the American Anthropological Association.

Anthropology of the Middle East is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for scholarly exchange between anthropologists and other social scientists working in and on the Middle East. The journal's aim is to disseminate, on the basis of informed analysis and insight, a better understanding of Middle Eastern cultures.

Iranian studies: bulletin of the Society for Iranian Cultural and Social Studies is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to Iranian and Persian history, literature, and society covering all areas of the world with a Persian or Iranian legacy, especially Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and northern India, and Iranians in the diaspora.

Visual Anthropology is a scholarly journal presenting original articles, commentary, discussions, and film and book reviews on anthropological and ethnographic topics. The journal focuses on the study of human behavior through visual means. Experts in the field also examine visual symbolic forms from a cultural-historical framework and provide a cross-cultural study of art and artifacts.


Ajam Media Collective is an online space devoted to documenting and analyzing cultural, social, and political trends in the diverse Iranian, Central Asian, and Diaspora communities. It serves as a semi-scholarly resource by engaging with academics, activists, and students of the region and providing access to contemporary debates and research in literature, gender studies cinema, urban geography and beyond.

CAIS - The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies makes available articles on the anthropology and genealogy of Iranian people.

Iranian Institute of Anthropology and Culture (IIAC)'s main objective is to expand public and specialized domains of culture in all Iranian and non-Iranian cultures in Persian language.

Primary Sources

Gale Primary Sources database includes numerous archival collections (Archives Unbound) such as:


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