South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) on JSTOR

Catalogue record, available from: South Asia Open Archives.

The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), a subset of the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP), creates and maintains a collection of open access materials for the study of South Asia. This major collaborative initiative is aimed at addressing the current scarcity of digital resources pertinent to South Asia studies and at making collections more widely accessible to researchers worldwide.
This archive includes nearly 350,000 page images!

Researchers can explore by language, with 13 languages represented, covering: Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

There are 4 collections within the archive to explore:

  • Caste and Social structure: Primary and secondary sources (monographs, pamphlets, periodicals) providing a broad range of perspectives for the study of caste and social structure.
  • Literature: Materials reflecting South Asia’s literary history, including creative works (fiction, poetry, drama), literary criticism, literary biographies and periodicals, and reference works devoted to literature (bibliographies, encyclopedias and dictionaries).
  • Social and Economic History: Primary and secondary sources reflecting the economic and social life and social structures of the region, including popular culture, periodicals and newspapers, gazetteers, government documents and official publications such as census reports, legislative and administrative reports, and statistical reports on trade.
  • Women and Gender: Primary and secondary materials (including monographs, pamphlets, and magazines) by, for and about women, and important issues related to their lives and roles in society, including on women’s education, health, and religion.

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