Birdseye view of koran tea and candies

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/OttomanTurkish, 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.

The Duke University Libraries offer hundreds of reference works related to Middle East studies.

Duke's librarian for Middle East and Islamic Studies manages a collection of historical manuscripts, contemporary novels, comics, political cartoons and photographs covering topics from the historical development of Islam to recent social and political movements in the region.

In addition to consulting a librarian, scholars can search the library database online.


Sean Swanick

233 Bostock Library

(919) 660-5850


Middle East Islamic Studies

Turkish Studies

Middle East Cinema

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