Image of Empire: Art and Architecture of Mughal India, 1526-1858

Spring 2014

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-268  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-268; Yael R. Rice (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Sara Smith.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Web Resources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

ARTicles Online ( (date coverage varies)
Index of art historical articles, compiled by the University Library of Regensburg (Germany).

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art (1973 to present)
Bilingual database on the history of post-classical western art. Also includes RAA (Repertoire d'Art et d'Archeologie) from 1973 to 1989 and RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art) from 1975 to 1989.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (1973 to present)
Index to articles and books in Asian Studies, including humanities and social sciences.

Cambridge Histories
Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.

Index Islamicus (1906 to present)
Covers literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, including Muslim areas of Asia and Africa.

International Bibliography of Art (IBA) (1973 to present)
Covers scholarly literature on western art including traditional visual arts as well as new media, architectural history, museum studies and conservation, archaeology, and classical studies.

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)


Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.

Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

Oxford Dictionary of Islam [electronic resource]

Digital Dictionaries of South Asia [online]

Encyclopaedia Iranica [online]

Atlas of the Mughal Empire: Political and Economic Maps with detailed notes, bibliography and index  AC Frost reference  xx G2281.S1 H33 1982

Atlas of Islam, 1800-2000 [cartographic material] AC Frost reference  xx G1786.S1 B5 2010

A Bibliography of the Architecture, Arts, and Crafts of Islam to 1st Jan. 1960 (note historical context)  AC Frost reference  x N6260 .C67 1961

Cultural Atlas of India: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka  AC Frost reference  x DS421 .J6 1996

Dictionary of Islamic architecture AC Frost reference NA380 .P43 1996

Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Medieval India  AC Frost reference PK6419 .A53 1993

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World  AC Frost reference  BP40 .E525 2004

The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture  AC Frost reference N6260 .G75 2009

The Oxford Dictionary of Islam  AC Frost reference BP40 .O95 2003

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World  AC Frost reference  DS35.53 .O96 2009





Amherst College Digital Collections
Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.

Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Bridgeman Education
A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.

Web Resources

Archnet digital library of Islamic Art and Architecture

Early Modern India, glossary from Frances W. Pritchett

Harappa, site featuring scholarship and discoveries about the ancient Indus Civilization (3500-1700 BCE) in India and Pakistan.

HIAA, website of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (see Resource page)

Islamic Art Network Technical Glossary

Islamic Heritage Project manuscripts, maps, and published texts from Harvard University’s library and museum collections.

Persian-English Dictionary online from the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia project

Panjab Digital Library (PDL)

The Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art at the Ashmolean Museum