Monographs: around 4000 volumes. The collection attempts to cover the whole range of Islamic studies and Islamology. The majority of items are acquired via purchase, but donations from Islamic institutions and foundations in the Middle East and elsewhere continue to be an important source of acquisitions. Periodicals: Durham University Library holds 23 periodicals on Islamic Studies, of which 10 are current. Theses: 25 Durham doctoral and M.A. theses on various aspects of Islam.
History and development
The Islamic Studies collection has developed over the same period as the rest of the Oriental collections, but it is worth noting that donations have played a very important part in building up the collection, so it contains a great deal of Islamic material from the Middle East, as opposed to western volumes on Islam.
Durham's Islamic Studies collections aim to cover Islam and the entire range of Islamic knowledge. The library holds many copies, translations and interpretations of the Quran and the Hadith, and many other general works on Islam. More specialised holdings include over 400 works of Muslim theology, and almost 300 items on Shia Islam. The library also has substantial holdings in Muslim philosophy, Islamic law and Islamic art and architecture. Finally, over 350 works on contemporary Islam are held.
General arrangement and access regulations
Durham University Library's Islamic Studies collections are available on open access in the Main Library, apart from a small amount of material in store. They are held in the Library's Oriental sequences on Level 1 of the building. Within the monograph sequence the collection is classified using the Library of Congress classification scheme. There are separate Reference and Periodical sequences, also shelved on Level 1. The collection is not subdivided by language, materials in all languages being shelved together.