Monographs: the collection contains over 11,000 volumes on the countries of the Middle East, which excludes the large country collections of the Sudan, Iran and Turkey. The collection attempts to cover the whole range of the humanities and social sciences. Periodicals: the library holds over 300 periodicals on the Middle East and North Africa, of which 125 are current. Newspapers: three daily newspapers from the region are taken in hard copy and the library holds microfilm back runs of various lengths for these and four others Theses: 70 Durham Doctoral and M.A. theses on the area are held.
History and development
Same as general holdings
All areas of the humanities and social sciences are extensively covered by the collection. There are particular strengths in history, politics and international relations, economics, sociology and women's studies. An area of particular strength is the Arab-Israeli conflict, with over 600 works. The countries with the greatest holdings are Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, all of which have collections strong in all the subjects above.
General arrangement and access regulations
Durham University Library's Middle East and North Africa 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 and classified using the Library of Congress classification scheme, with the minor exception of items on Cyprus, which are in the main Dewey sequence. 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.
Subjects of the Collection
Regions of Asia
Near & Middle East and North Africa.
Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Languages of material
Arabic, English, French, German.
Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Communication and media, Development, Economics, Education, Environmental sciences, Geography, History, Human rights, Industries, International relations, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Politics and government, Recreation, Religion, Science and technology, Sociology, Travel, Women.
Collection Material and Size
Books, Newspapers (includes microfilm editions), Serials, Theses.
Total size of collection
11,000 volumes, 300 periodical runs, 7 newspapers, 70 theses
Size of collection - vernacular
c.2000 volumes in Arabic, 50 volumes in Hebrew, 30 periodicals in Arabic, 5 newspapers in Arabic, 1 newspaper in Hebrew
Size of collection - western
9000 volumes, 270 periodicals, 1 newspaper,70 theses