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Asian Studies: Maldives


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Secondary Sources

Use these databases to find articles and/or essays in scholarly journals and books.


Encyclopedia Britannica - Maldives

Information on the land, people, economy, administration and social conditions, cultural life, and history. 

The World Factbook - Maldives 

Basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues.

BBC Country Profiles - Maldives

An instant guide to the history, politics, and economic background of countries and territories.

Indian Ocean: Five Island Countries

Offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy. 

UofL Government Resource Guide - Maldives

Our Government Resources guide provides an extensive list of articles related to politics, culture, and society

Primary Sources

These databases and websites provide access to digital archival materials such as manuscripts, letters, photographs, moving image and sound materials, artwork, books, diaries, and other artifacts. You can also visit our main pages for Asia and South Asia to find additional databases and resources covering broader regions.

Open Access

Maldives Heritage Survey

Documented endangered tangible cultural heritage in the Maldives – including mosques, cemeteries, Buddhist temple ruins, and other historical structures and physical objects – through digital photography, laser scanning, 3D modelling, and GIS to create an open-access resource website and heritage database.

The World Bank - Archives

Resources available electronically, such as public reports, oral history transcripts, photos and web archives.