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Centre for Iranian Cultural Studies


Iranian cultural studies researchers and students in Durham University are exposed to an advanced research environment in terms of primary and secondary information resources on aspects of social sciences and humanities subjects relating to Iran. They are also supported by a specialist Library staff with the necessary subject knowledge..

Information resources provided by the University Library include online access to complete runs of key academic journals in Middle Eastern area studies, including:

Major full-text primary source databases include:

These databases provide access to both archives and current issues of many significant investigative sources on and from Iran, news and current affairs sources such as the BBC Monitoring Online Middle East and Former Soviet Union sections, and significant Iranian and Middle Eastern newspapers and magazines in English as well as in Persian. Access is  also provided to historical and up-todate statistical data on the country’s economy, demography and society.

Abstracting and indexing databases include access to:

These databases index comprehensively the research output on the Middle East and the wider Muslim world published in European languages conducted in anywhere in the world from the earliest date.

In addition to key academic journals that are accessible online, many print journals are also subscribed regardless of the language and the country of origin. Some of these journals go back to the earliest issues which date back to the early part of 19th century.