About the Religions Collection in the Library
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The Library has important collections on religious faith and practice in the regions and individual countries of Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa.
It also holds a large collection of thematic, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of religion and works on research methods and the philosophy of religions.
Material on religions and religious practice in the United Kingdom, Europe and America, and with a more general scope are only collected where they support undergraduate teaching.
- For religions in specific regions and individual countries, also consult Regional pages
- For the religions of the ancient Near Eastern world and Judaism, also consult Ancient and Near East Subject Guide
- For religious art and archaeology, also consult Art and Archeology Subject Guide
- For legal aspects of religions, also consult Law Subject Guide
Classmarks and location
Books on interdisciplinary topics or covering more than one country or region are shelved in the Social Sciences and Humanities Collection on Level E (classmark A)
Books on religions in specific countries or regions are shelved in the regional collections
For a full listing of classmarks and their location, please consult Location List
The Library has an extensive collection of journals in both print and electronic formats. For more information, check
We welcome suggestions for new purchases for from Library members. Please complete one of the recommendation forms .
The reference collections (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, bibliographies, directories etc.) are shelved in separate sequences. Check the location list for details.
SOAS Library has:
- Missionary archives (papers of both major societies and individual missionaries)
- Personal papers
- Photographic archives (historical, anthropological, ethnological, sociological interest)
- Older and rare books (pre-1880)
- Vernacular manuscripts
For further information see - Special Collections