South Asian Religions


This is a selective guide to resources for religions of South Asia that excludes Christianity, Judaism and Islam in South Asia. The guide includes library locations and call numbers, but please consult CLIO for the most current holdings information.  Items in Reference and the South Asian Studies Reading Room (601 Butler) do not circulate.

Resources marked with this symbol are restricted to Columbia affiliates.

Electronic resources

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    Coverage: 1971 to the present.  A comprehensive bibliographic index to articles and other published materials on all fields of Asian Studies.  Though not specifically focused on religion only, this is the single most comprehensive database covering a broad range of subjects related to Asia.
  • Subject Resources for Asian Religions
    A list of resources collated by the University of British Columbia Library, arranged by format and subject, and covering the entire Asian continent and sub-continent.
  • South Asian E-texts
    Includes a list of e-texts on religion & philosophy.

South Asian religions in general

Buddhism

Hinduism

Jainism

Sikhism

Print resources

  • Encyclopedia of Asian philosophy
    Covers all aspects of Asian philosophy and religion. 
    B121.E53 2001 (East Asian Ref)
    Also available in CLIO as an e-book.
  • Eastern definitions: a short encyclopedia of religions of the Orient
    A guide to common, ordinary, and rare philosophical, mystical, religious, and psychological terms from Hinduism, Buddhism, Ṣufism, Islam, Zen, Taoism, the Sikhs, Zoroastrianism, and other major and minor Eastern religions.
    R032 R37 (Butler Ref)
  • Eastern religions: origins, beliefs, practices, holy texts, sacred places
    BL1055.E25 2005 (Barnard, Comp Lit & Society RR)
  • The encyclopedia of Eastern philosophy and religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen
    An English translation of Lexikon der östlichen Weisheitslehren.
    R032 L587 (Butler Ref)

Buddhism

  • The A to Z of Buddhism
    A dictionary-style history and chronology of all aspects of Buddhism.
    BQ130.P73 2001 (Barnard Ref, East Asian Ref)

Hinduism

  • Encyclopaedia of the Hindu world
    R032.945 En19 (Butler Ref)
  • Guide to Hindu Religion / David J. Dell ... [et al.]
    R016.2945 D38 (Butler Ref)
  • Harper's dictionary of Hinduism: its mythology, folklore, philosophy, literature, and history
    BL1105.S78 1984 (Barnard Ref)

Jainism

  • Historical dictionary of Jainism
    BL1303.W45 2004 (Barnard Ref, South Asian RR)

Sikhism

  • The encyclopaedia of Sikhism
    R032.946 En19
    (Butler Ref)

Additional resources


Prepared by Gary Hausman, South Asian Studies Librarian.