Since 2000, Duke University Libraries have been building and expanding their Middle East and Islamic Studies collection. While collecting comprehensively in all subject areas in English, the collections in the three main regional languages, Arabic, Persian, modern Turkish/Ottoman Turkish, as well as Urdu, (for Hebrew, see the collection description on the Jewish Studies guide) center on the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus on materials on Islam (jurisprudence, law, exegesis, theology), Arabic language (grammar) and literature (both classical and modern), as well as history (history of Islam, contemporary history) and politics. Duke faculty’s interests, curricular and programmatic development, and the Libraries’ consortial responsibilities towards their partners within the framework of the Triangle Research Library Network (TRLN) form the basis for Duke’s strong holdings in Arabic and Turkish. The figures in the table below are from 2018.
Duke’s Lilly Library houses a growing film and video collection in Middle Eastern languages. It includes documentaries and feature films which cover aspects of Islamic culture and civilization as well as political and societal issues. Duke also subscribes to video streaming services, including, but not limited to, FMG Master Collection, Filmakers’ Library Online, AsiaPacific Films, Films on Demand, and Ethnographic Video Online.
The Duke and UNC Middle East and Islamic Studies librarians are cooperating in building collections in Middle East area studies. Collection responsibilities are delimited by language and region. Both institutions collect Arabic materials from the Arab Middle East as well as North Africa and materials in French from North Africa. Duke collects at research collection level in Turkish, UNC in Persian.
In addition, collaborative efforts are facilitated through the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, a National Resource Center funded by a Title VI Middle East Studies grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education.
The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library houses several collections and unique items of interest to Middle East and Islamic Studies. Highlights include, but are not limited to:
Special collections & manuscript materials are handled according to rules and procedures established by Rubenstein Library. Please consult Rubenstein's Research page before you request any items.
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