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Susan Macicak,
Collection Development Officer

Merry Burlingham,
Chief Bibliographer

Carolyn Cunningham,
Collection Administration Librarian

Mary Rader,
Global Studies Coordinator

Dale Correa,
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

Bonnie Brown Real,
Collection and Consortia Assessment Coordinator

Lexie Thompson Young,
UT System Licensing Coordinator

Emilie Algenio,
Consortia Resources Coordinator

Lisa Aguilar,
Library Specialist

Middle Eastern Studies



I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the doctoral level in Middle Eastern Studies in western and regional languages. Among the social science programs served by the collection are those in anthropology, business, economics, education, geography, government, history, linguistics, sociology and foreign language education. For the humanities, interest is concentrated in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, the Department of Philosophy and the College of Fine Arts.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: Arabic and Persian are the primary languages of the collection, but modern and Ottoman Turkish are acquired as necessary, as well as other less-common languages including Azerbaijani and Kurdish. Translations from other languages are not acquired except for standard literary works. Collecting policies for Western language materials dealing with the Middle East are found in the whole range of other subject statements.

B. Chronological Guidelines: While no period is excluded, emphasis is on the Islamic, especially post-1850.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Library materials relating to Islamic countries and regions are acquired as follows:
  • Priority 1: Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the Eastern Arab States.
  • Priority 2: North Africa, the Sudan and Turkey.
  • Priority 3: Afghanistan and the Persian and Turkish speaking regions of the Soviet Union.
Works in the languages appropriate to the collection are acquired regardless of where they are published. Materials relating to Israel in Arabic or other collection languages are acquired.

D. Treatment of Subject: Children's books are usually acquired only when they are by significant authors. Textbooks are not generally collected. Popular treatments are acquired selectively.

E. Types of Material: Manuscripts, theses and dissertations are selectively acquired in microform. Cassettes, records and tapes of poetry reading and political speeches are collected selectively. Important Middle Eastern newspapers are acquired selectively. Statistical publications and other government documents are particularly sought.

F. Date of Publication: No limitation, though emphasis is on current publications.

G. Other General Considerations: Materials are acquired through purchase, gift or exchange, whichever means is available or necessary. Arabic materials are mostly acquired through the Middle East Cooperative Acquisitions Program (formerly PL 480) in Cairo, Egypt. The Population Research Center collected census material from the Middle East up to 1998, when their collection was moved to PCL. Such material is now selectively acquired by the Middle Eastern Studies Librarian. The Middle East Collection does not duplicate expensive census materials held by the center.

The following subjects represent the primary strengths of the MEC regional language holdings. For Western language materials on these and other subjects see collecting policies under the appropriate statements.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Islamic Philosophy B 741-753
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Religion BP 1-605
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Ethics BJ 1291 PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
History Arab World: Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates DS 36-248
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Iran DS 251-326
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Turkey DR 401-741
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Afghanistan DS 355-375
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia DT 43-346
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Geography G-GV
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Social Sciences H-HX 956
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science J-JX
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Education L-LG 511
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Music M 4-ML 3760
Fine Arts C Middle Eastern Studies
Art N 34-NX 620
Fine Arts C Middle Eastern Studies
Languages and Literatures: Arabic PJ 6025-8517
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Languages and Literatures: Persian PK 6104-6561
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies
Languages and Literatures: Turkish PL 27-314
PCL (MAIN) B Middle Eastern Studies
Languages and Literatures: Azerbaijani PL 311-314
PCL (MAIN) A Middle Eastern Studies
Languages and Literatures: Kurdish PK 6906-6909
PCL (MAIN) A Middle Eastern Studies
Science--History: Emphasis on Arab Medicine Q 1-QM 7
PCL (MAIN) B Middle Eastern Studies
Medicine--History: Emphasis on Arab Medicine R 11-RS 182
PCL (MAIN) B Middle Eastern Studies
Agriculture S 517-SK 321
PCL (MAIN) A Middle Eastern Studies
Technology T 9 TX 747
PCL (MAIN) A Middle Eastern Studies
Military Science U 100-UH 769
PCL (MAIN) A Middle Eastern Studies
Naval Science: Emphasis on Islamic Empire V 23-VK 885
PCL (MAIN) B Middle Eastern Studies
Bibliography and Library Science Z 8-8445.5
PCL (MAIN) C Middle Eastern Studies

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