Middle East & Islamic Studies
The Middle Easten and Islamic Studies collections in Durham University Library constitute one of the most important of their kind in Britain.
The Bill Bryson Library collections amount to over 50,000 book titles and over 2,500 periodical titles (of which 700 are current) in both European and Middle Eastern languages. The subject areas include contemporary Islamic politics and society, economics and finance, international relations, gender and social studies, Arabic language and literature and all other aspects of humanities and social sciences relating to the Middle East. There is also an extensive complementary collection of Middle Eastern official documents within the Middle East Documentation Unit (MEDU).
Middle East and Islamic Studies material in the Archives and Special Collections department includes unrivalled specialised sources on the Sudan, rare out-of-print government publications, early monographs and a notable colection of manuscripts in Middle Eastern languages.
These webpages are intended to help users familiarise themselves with the scope and subject coverage, strengths and weaknesses, and access conditions of these extensive and valuable collections. Providing access to materials on the Middle East is not always straightforward, particularly so for primary source research materials in indigenous langauges.
Select a region for more detailed information on the availability of resources on that area:
For more Information about the resources available to those studying Islam, please see following page providing information regarding our Islamic Studies Collection
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