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With the increased availability of digitized texts and the concomitant inability of scholars to keep track of them, AOS members contribute the links that follow for the benefit of all their colleagues. AOS members: Your help to keep them up-to-date and multiplying is appreciated. Send us email with comments and suggestions for inclusion.


In addition, the Digital Orientalist is affiliated with the AOS. The Digital Orientalist is an online platform run by a team of professors, librarians, and students from across AOS’s different sections. Its stated purpose is to foster a conversation about the use of computers in our fields, especially in the digital humanities. The Digital Orientalist embarked on a three-year affiliation in the hopes of growing to be an integrated and valued part of the society. Have a look at their website, follow them on Twitter @DigiOrientalist, or join them on Facebook.

AOS Members: You are invited to submit to the AOS Secretary suggestion for additions to this list of resources and for updates, corrections, and modification.
(This last was last updated 01/01/2020.)

Chinese Text Project
Scripta Sinica, Academia Sinica, Taibei
CHANT: Chinese Ancient Texts Database, Chinese University of Hong Kong
TLS: Thesaurus Linguae Sericae
Digital Dictionary of Buddhism
Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association, Taibei
The International Dunhuang Project, British Library
China Biographical Database Project, Harvard
Neliti, over 300,000 books, datasets, and journal articles from Southeast Asia, funded by the National Library of Indonesia


The Ancient World Online (AWOL)
ARMEP, map interface with the find spots of ca. 6,700 ancient texts in Akkadian and Sumerian
RIBo, The Royal Inscriptions of Babylonia
Old Assyrian Text Project
ORACC, The Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus
MĪS PÃŽ (C. Walker and M. Dick, The Induction of the Cult Image in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Mesopotamian Mis Pî Ritual, vol. 1: State Archives of Assyria Literary Texts, Helsinki: The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, 2001)
Cuneiform Digital Library (CDLI)
Avestan Digital Archive (at Freie Universität Berlin)
eBethArkè: The Syriac Digital Library
Cuneiform Commentaries Project at Yale University



Digital Islamic Humanities Project, Brown University
Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)
Fihrist, manuscript descriptions from major collections in the UK
Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI)
MicGill Library’s Islamic Lithographs Digital Collection
Material Sources for Early Islam and the Late Antique Near East
Lessons in Codicology and Paleography, Leiden University
Sinai Manuscripts Digital Library, St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, Egypt
Numismatic Collection catalog of Dār al-Kutub, Cairo
University of Edinburgh
Archives Online, MSS of the Islamicate World and South Asia

Islamic Books, a research blog about manuscripts, printed books, and ephemera in Arabic script
Arab Collections Online, NYUAD
Qatar Digital Library
CALD, A Corpus of Arabic Legal Documents
KITAB: ERC-funded Digital Humanities project studying “text reuse”
Al-Maktaba al-Shamila, haven of Arabic texts
The Filāḥa Texts Project
The Muʿallaqāt for Millennials, poems, commentary, translation


Persian Digital Humanities
Ghani Collection at Yale, Persian mss from Qajar period on
Persian manuscripts at the
Library of Congress
Tehran Branch Publications, McGill Institute of Islamic Studies




Text and Manuscript Repositories
Indology: Resources for Indological Scholarship
Digital Library of India
Digital South Asia Library, University of Chicago
Göttingen Register of Electronic Texts in Indian Languages (GRETIL)
SARIT: Search and Retrieval of Indic Texts
TITUS: Thesaurus Indogermanischer Text- und Sprachmaterialen
DCS: Digital Corpus of Sanskrit (Heidelberg)
Muktabodha Digital Library
Digital Himalaya, University of Cambridge
Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon
Sanskrit Documents
Project Madurai
Endangered Archives: Asia Collection, British Library
Sanskrit-Persica Library, University of Oslo
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
Indologica Taurinensia: Online Journal of IASS
The Sanskrit Library
University of Edinburgh Archives Online, MSS of the Islamicate World and South Asia

Indoskript: Eine elektronische Indische Paläographie
Siddham: The South Asia Inscriptions Database
Ashoka Library, University of Oslo
Beyond Boundaries (Indian inscription database), British Museum
Inscriptions of Āndhradeśa
Corpus of
Khmer Inscriptions
Tamil Inscriptions (Tamil Virtual Academy)
Epigraphia Carnatica Map
Maitraka Inscriptions Map

Digital Dictionaries
Digital Dictionaries of South Asia, University of Chicago
Sanskrit Dictionary
Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries, Cologne
Digital Tamil Dictionaries, Cologne
A Dictionary of Gāndhārī and Catalog of Gāndhārī texts
Indo-European Etymological Dictionary
Old Javanese-English Dictionary
Austronesian Comparative Dictionary

Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society

Textual Aids
Sanskrit Sandhi and Compound Splitter
Multi-Level Annotation of the Rigveda
Vedaweb, Online Research Platform for Old Indic Texts



Last updated January 1, 2020