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South Asia Department

Languages of South Asia at SOAS: Pali

Pali, essentially a version of Sanskrit reflecting later linguistic developments, is a major sacred language of Buddhist scripture. A knowledge of Pali is indispensable to the understanding of Buddhism, particularly as it has developed in Sri Lanka and the countries of South East Asia.

Courses: 

Pali is taught in the Department of the Study of Religions.

Contacts:

Dr Kate Crosby, Department of the Study of Religions, (kc21@soas.ac.uk).

  • W. Geiger, A Pali grammar (trans. B. Ghosh, ed. K.R. Norman), London 1994.
  • K.R.Norman, Pali literature, Wiesbaden 1983.
  • A.K.Warder, Introduction to Pali, London 1963.

Please Note: Not all courses and programmes are available every year