Significant and developing collection in Islamic studies generally, following establishment of the University's Centre for the Study of Islam. More active acquisition of Arabic language materials, with local cataloguing.
History and development
Older material acquired by purchase and donation during C18 and more systematically from late C19. The Centre for the Study of Islam was established in the late 1990s.
Qur'an (editions/translations; books/manuscripts) Law (Prince Bandar Collection) Arabic transmission of Greek philsophical tradition
General arrangement and access regulations
Classified, open access arrangement using GUL local classification. Older, unclassified material is being/has been transferred to the Historical Collection (remote store). Periodicals are arranged by broad subject classification (e.g. Oriental or Theology) and then by title. Some older periodical titles are also being transferred to remote store. Particular classification: Theology B.
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.
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, Computer files (includes CD-ROMs & other electronic material), Manuscripts, Maps (includes all types of cartographic material), Serials, Theses.
Total size of collection
ca. 2,500 volumes (Religious Studies and Law). Excludes other collections (e.g. Fine Art, History, Philosophy) and Special Collections.