Digitale Iranistik

A digital toolbox for Iranian Studies and beyond

A research repository for finding literature, sources, and more.

It motivates me time and again how many digital tools, collections, research projects, inspiring blogs and podcasts about Iranian Studies there are now. The scattered links that I have been accumulating, will be bundled here in this research compendium. The list will be updated regularly, suggestions are always welcome! To make a suggestion or report a mistake: Contact me via email or twitter.

Substiantial contributions were gathered from these fantastic resources: HAZİNE, Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg, Shervin Farridnejad, Evyn Kropf, Translatio Bonn, Islamicate Digital Humanities Network

22 June 2021

last updated (view changelog)


links added to the list


links in backlog

1. Literature

Search engines

  • BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine, lists over 150 million documents, of which 60% are OpenAccess)
  • CrossAsia (Search in over 100 millions of bibliographical data in Asian Studies and beyond)
  • Europeana (Searches thousands of european archives, libraries und museums, contains over 50 million digitized books, works of art and music)
  • Google Scholar
  • Internet Archive Scholar (academic search engine by the Internet Archive)
  • PropylaeumSearch (mainly classical studies and historiography)


Databases & bibliographies

Database search (Project by Univ. of Augsburg and Regensburg)
CrossAsia (Database and full text portal specialized in Asian Studies, after free signup it allows the use of otherwise licensed databases)
General overview of academic databases (Project by University of Heidelberg)
ZDB – Zeitschriftendatenbank (extensive database of periodicals from 1500 until now)


Publication platforms

  • Academia (Social academic platform)
  • ArtDok (Art History)
  • heiDOK (Document server of the University of Heidelberg)
  • Humanities Commons (Academic network and publication platform in the Humanities with OpenAccess texts on a big variety of topics)
  • Perspectivia (Publication platform of the Max Weber foundation)
  • PropylaeumDoc (Classical/Ancient Studies)
  • ProQuest (e-books and dissertations)
  • ResearchGate (Social academic platform)

Digital archives and full text repositories

Dissertations and theses

Academic reviews

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2. Primary sources, data, and media

Digitized manuscripts, codicology resources and inscriptions

Archaeology, architecture, material culture, art history and photography

Oral history and language documentation

  • DOBES – Gorani (you can jump directly to the corpus here)
  • Iranian Oral History Project (Project of Harvard University, „the collection consists of the personal accounts of 134 individuals who played major roles in or were eyewitnesses to important political events in Iran from the 1920s to the 1980s“)
  • RAIOH – Research Association for Iranian Oral History (founded by Hamid Ahmadi, the material comprises 1100 hours of interviews with 115 Iranians from four generations, and covers the period from 1919 until 2010)

Linguistic data and corpora

  • Parsig Database (A steadily growing database that will contain all Middle Persian Zoroastrian texts and words (40,000 so far), which will be verified and tagged manually, adding transliteration, calligraphy, Persian translation, word bases and grammatical details)
  • Peykaregān (collection of 85 Persian linguistic databases)
  • PLDB – Persian Linguistic Database (the PLDB, which aims at providing examples for all types of spoken and written Persian for all periods of its development across many text genres, offers a vast collection of searchable Persian corpora with until now more than 350 million words)

Music and sound documents

Social science data and statistics

Geography and cartography

If you are looking for historical map material, it is always worth taking a look at these digital archives.


  • ZENO (oriental coins database)
  • CoinArchives (database of coins featured in numismatic auctions)

3. Academia

Academic journals

CAIRN (french language journals and e-books)
DOAJ (directory of OpenAccess journals)
MUSE (academic journal collection, many open access)
Open Edition (academic open access journals)
SAGE Journals (overview of all journals at SAGE)

Universitary institutes

Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Institutions, academic societies and networks


Awards, prizes and competitions

4. New Media




Social media communities

Tools & Apps


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Von Vincent Vaessen

Iranistikstudent an der Universität zu Köln.

3 Antworten auf „A digital toolbox for Iranian Studies and beyond“

Dear Mehrzad, thank you for your comment, I created a new section called „Social science data and statistics“ and added the Iran Data Portal to the list.

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