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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.


Encyclopaedia Islamica is based on the abridged translation of Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī', one of the most comprehensive research tools on Islam and the Muslim World. Encyclopedia Islamica is particularly relevant for Shi'i studies.

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 Three (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.

In between an annotated bibliography and a scholarly encyclopedia, Oxford Bibliographies provides an exclusive and authoritative research guide.

Oxford Islamic studies online is a comprehensive research tool providing reliable background information on Islam and the Islamic World.


The Agha Khan Museum offers unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding.

Ahlul Bayt Digital Library Project is an online database of Shi‘i religious sources, both primary and secondary, on theology, Qur’an, hadith, the Imamate, and other topics, many of them translated into English and other European languages.

The Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies was established in 2009 to promote original, contemporary, and impartial scholarship on Shi’a Islam and Muslims. It also endeavours to offer analytical frameworks for NGOs, media outlets, academic researchers, journalists, or governmental bodies.

Circle of Sociology of Shia Studies is a group of social scholars and researchers focusing on sociology of religion, especially Shi'a studies.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies was established in 1977 to promote scholarship and learning of Muslim cultures and societies, historical as well as contemporary, and a better understanding of their relationship with other societies and faiths.

The Islamic Seminary website offers access to Shi'i reference sources in Hadith and Qur'an as well several article on Shi' thought and doctrine.

A Shi'ite Encyclopedia provides a wealth of information addressing Shi'a/Sunni inter-school related issues. It is an initiative of the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project.

The Shi'i Institute is a non-profit organization focusing on the study of Shi'ism, its doctrine, thought, heritage and principles.

Shi'i News and Resources is an initiative of Dr. Andrew J Newman, Professor of Islamic Studies and Persian at the University of Edinburgh aiming at documenting both the history and geography of Shi'i populations and daily media coverage of Shi'ism.

Shia Rights Watch (SRW), established in 2011, is a non-governmental and not-for-profit research entity and advocacy group dedicated to define and protect the rights of Shia Muslims around the world. SRW holds a Special consultation status (ECOSOC) with the United Nations.

Tafsir al-Mizan is a community funded project coordinated by the Tawheed Institute translating into English the twenty volumes commentary of the Qur'an by the late Islamic scholar, thinker, and philosopher, ʿAllāmah al-Sayyid Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-Ṭabāṭabāʾī (1904-1981).


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