A wide range of humanities and social sciences are covered, with particular concentration in the area of the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea scrolls, Judaism (including selected rabbinic and modern texts), Jewish languages (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judaeo-Arabic, Judaeo-Persian) and Jewish communities worldwide. There are about 12,000 monographs, 120 runs of periodicals and a number of theses, several submitted to SOAS and others published by University Microfilms International.
History and development
Developed as part of the Hebraica and world religions collections. Enhanced through books from the Jewish Agency, Levi and Meir Gertner Collections, Stencl Collection, and the Whitechapel Judaica Collection. Since the 1980s, the Western language Judaica section has grown in response to the development of courses on Judaism and Jewish texts. Adequate for SOAS under-graduate and post-graduate teaching.
Dead Sea scrolls; Jewish communities of Asia and Africa and resources for their study.
General arrangement and access regulations
Chiefly open access, arranged by subject, area, or language. Periodicals in a separate sequence.
Subjects of the Collection
Regions of Asia
Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.
Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
Languages of material
Aramaic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Ladino, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish.
Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Communication and media, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Human rights, International relations, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Politics and government, Religion, Sociology, Travel, Women.
Languages as linguistic focus
Aramaic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Ladino, Yiddish.
Names relevant to the collection:
- Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204
Collection Material and Size
Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Audio materials (includes cassettes & CDs), Books, Computer files (includes CD-ROMs & other electronic material), Serials, Theses.
Total size of collection
12,000 volumes, 6 audio materials, 1 CD-ROM, 120 periodical titles
Size of collection - vernacular
7,000 monographs, 60 periodical titles, 1 microfiche
Size of collection - western
5,000 monographs, 60 periodical titles, 1 CD-ROM
The online library catalogue offers access to all material acquired since 1989 and a substantial part of the material collected prior to that date. Work to add records for the earlier collections from the card catalogue is ongoing and by the end of 2002 all material acquired since 1979 will be included as well as significant parts of the rest of the collection. For those who cannot access the card catalogue on site the Library's catalogues have been published (details below).
Catalogue transliteration schemes
Since 1989 all records have been created using the current Library of Congress transliteration schemes, with the exception of Japanese which uses Modified Hepburn. As records are added to the online catalogue the transliterated records are being updated to these schemes.
The current cataloguing and some of the earlier records for the following languages contain author and title fields in the relevant script: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Ladino, Persian, Yiddish.