This is my selection of most significant books on the Maldive islands, which I have visited at least ten times since 2003: culture, history, tourism, politics, and of course travelogues, I have tried to include as much as I could. Let me know if you have suggestions of titles to include in this list!
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Guide / Guidebooks
Ellis, Royston: Maldives (Bucks, England: Bradt Travel Guides, 3rd edition, 2005).
Ghisotti, Andrea: Pesci delle Maldive (Firenze: Casa Editrice Bonechi, 2007).
Forbes, Andrew: Maldives - Kingdom of a Thousand Isles (Hong Kong: Odyssey, 2004).
Vv. Aa.: Spectrum Guide to the Maldives (Nairobi, Kenya: Camerapix Publishers International, Revised edition, 1998).
Carte goegrafiche / Maps
Globetrotter travel map: Maldives 1:500.000 (London: New Holland, 2002)
World Cart: Maldive 1:700.000 (Bologna: Studio F.M.B., senza data).
Divers and Travelers: A Guide to the Maldives Archipelago, various scales (Victoria, Australia: Apollo Editions, 4th edition, 2004).
Racconti di viaggiatori / Travelogues
Battuta, Ibn: Maldives and Ceylon (Colombo: Royal Asiatic Society, 1882, reprinted in Delhi by Asian Educational Society, 1999).
Bell, H.C.P.: Excerpta Maldiviana (R.A.S., Ceylon 1922-1935; reprinted by Asian Educatonal Service, Delhi, 1998). A detailed catalog of documents on Maldivian history.
Eibl-Eibesfeldt , Irenaeus: Land of a Thousand Atolls (English translation, London: McGibbon and Kee, 1965).
Hockly, T. W.: The Two Thousand Isles, (London: Witherby, 1935).
Jones, Steve: Coral - a Pessimist in Paradise (London: Little, Brown, 2007).
Pyrard de Laval, François: Voyages, various editions available in French and English. Click here to find many editions of Pyrard's work.
Storia, politica e cultura / History, politics and Culture
Heyerdahl, Thor: The Maldive Mystery (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1986). Archeological research into the islands' pre-Islamic past.
Grover, Verinder /Ed.): Maldives: Goverment and Politics (New Delhi: Deep and Deep Publications, 2002). A complete reference tool for Maldivian politics.
Robinson, John J.: The Maldives: Islamic Republic, Tropical Autocracy (2015). An English journalist worked four years in the Maldives, 2010 to 2013 and this is what he found out. Lots of detailed facts.
Romero-frias, Xavier: Folk Tales of the Maldives (2012)