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Middle East

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The Middle Eastern collection in Regenstein Library is recognized by scholars throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East as one of the premier research collections in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies in the world. The collection supports undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research and teaching in all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities including history, literature, language, religion, philosophy, bibliography, art, political science, anthropology, music, sociology, and film.

The collection, amounting to over one million items, consists of monographs, serials, microformat materials, lithographs, maps, films, photographs, video and audio tapes, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and electronic resources, covering the area between Central Asia and the Atlantic Ocean and from Asia Minor to sub-Saharan Africa. It includes materials in the principal languages of the Middle East—Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and their dialectical variants—as well as the relevant materials produced in various languages in North America, Europe, Japan, the states of the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere in the world.

Department Collections and Catalogs

Please consult a staff member in the Middle East Department office, JRL 560 (open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM), for access to the Middle East Microforms collections, or contact Marlis Saleh in advance.

Subject Specialist

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Marlis J. Saleh
Bibliographer for Middle East Studies
Joseph Regenstein Library,
Room 563
(773) 702-8425
Subjects: Middle East