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Language and literature (Near/Middle East)

Collection Details

Language and literature (Near/Middle East) held at University of Glasgow Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

Significant collection of Arabic language and literature, and to a lesser extent, of Hebrew language and literature. Secondary literature principlally in English or German, with some scarcer C19 German scholarship.

History and development

Developed in connection with the teaching of Hebrew and Semitic studies, and more recently Islamic and Middle Eastern studies; older publications purchased or donated since C18.


Language and literature.

General arrangement and access regulations

Classified, open access arrangement using GUL local classification; the enumeration for languages is based on LC. Older, unclassified material is being/has been transferred to the Historical Collection (remote store). Periodicals are arranged by broad subject classification (e.g. Oriental) and then by title. Some older periodical titles are also being transferred to remote store. Relevant classification: Oriental D-H, P-Q

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.

Languages of material

Akkadian, Amharic, Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Persian, Sumerian, Turkish, Ugaritic, Yiddish.


Language, Literature.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

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

Total size of collection

ca. 2300 volumes (excluding Special Collections)

Collection Management Information

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

Annual intake

ca. 200 volumes

Content date range

0 to 0 AD

Collection Catalogue Information


Manuscripts catalogue

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