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Islamic studies

Collection Details

Islamic studies held at University of Glasgow Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

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 of Collection

Material Types

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.

Collection Management Information

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

Annual intake

ca. 300 volumes

Content date range

0 to 0 AD

Collection Catalogue Information


Manuscripts catalogue

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