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General Middle Eastern Collection

Collection Details

General Middle Eastern Collection held at Edinburgh University Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

Language, literature, philosophy, law, Islam, history, Islamic art, politics, gender, area studies, anthropology, travel

History and development

Arabic and Persian have been taught since 1751: the collections follow what has been taught and researched since then.


Literature, history, Islam, law, Islamic art.

General arrangement and access regulations

If in Arabic or Persian, the material is held together by means of a Dewey Decimal classification prefix - if in other languages, it is located according to subject. Material acquired post- August 1999, is located according to subject, regardless of language, and classified by Library of Congress.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.

Languages of material

Arabic, Iranian (Other), Persian, Turkish.


Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Communication and media, Development, Economics, History, International relations, Language, Law, Literature, Philosophy, Politics and government, Religion, Travel, Women.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Books, Manuscripts, Serials, Theses.

Total size of collection

c. 5000 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has stayed the same.

Annual intake

c. 200 - 300 in vernacular languages. Many more in Western languages

Content date range

0 to 0 AD

Collection Catalogue Information



Catalogue transliteration schemes

Library of Congress (Arabic & Persian) for post 1985 material

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