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Semitic Collection (Arabic)

Collection Details

Semitic Collection (Arabic) held at University of Leeds Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The collection comprises materials on language and literature. Both Classical and Modern eras are represented. There are materials on Islamic history, philosophy, politics and theology in western languages in those sections of the Library. There are also small sections of materials, language and literature, in Amharic, Berber and Persian

History and development

The collection has been built up over the past 50 years, with increased collection over the last decade, especially in the fields of history, politics and theology


The collection is strong in Classical and Modern literature and works on Islam world wide

General arrangement and access regulations

The collection is housed in the main building of the Brotherton Library and is on open access. The collection is classified according to the Library's own scheme

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.

Languages of material

Amharic, Arabic, Berber (Other), English, French, Persian.


History, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Politics and government, Religion.

Languages as linguistic focus


Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Books, Serials.

Total size of collection

8,000 volumes 400 pamphlets 23 periodical titles

Size of collection - vernacular

7,000 volumes in Arabic

Size of collection - western

2,500 volumes in western languages

Collection Management Information

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

Annual intake

250 volumes in both Arabic and western languages

Content date range

1600 to present

Interlibrary loan procedure

Material held on the open shelves is available for interlibrary loan.

Collection policy

There is an established Acquisitions Policy for the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, which is available upon request.

Collection Catalogue Information


Leeds University on-line public catalogue

Catalogue transliteration schemes

Library of Congress

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