The Islamic Studies Collection supports research, teaching, and learning at all levels, and in particular for the Islamic Studies program of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. However, it also endeavors to support interdisciplinary undertakings making use content related to Islam and Muslims across the University and in the wider community. The collection prioritizes Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, but it also has holdings in Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kurdish, and other languages of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, in addition to English and European languages. The collection’s geographic focus prioritizes Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey. Materials are also collected from and about North Africa, Sudan, and Afghanistan.
The objective of the Islamic Studies collection is to stimulate scholarly production through one-on-one consultations and research instruction for classes, as well as by enhancing UT research networks through foreign acquisitions travel.
Our Islamicate languages collections – for language instruction and research – is the largest in Texas and a leader in the Western region. The strongest languages in this collection are Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. Our Persian collection stands out as one of the strongest collections in the nation. Among our distinctive collections are Muslim pulp fiction, Islamic intellectual publications of the early 20th century, and the Stookey Collection of Yemeni Manuscripts on microfilm.
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