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About This Guide

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Near East Studies collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).  For questions or more information, please contact the Near East Librarian.

UW Libraries: Collection Goals

The UW Libraries is committed to providing convenient and timely access to collections and information resources that are outstanding with respect to their quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching missions of the University of Washington.

Subject Definition

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization is devoted to teaching and research concerning the principal cultures and languages of the Near and Middle East, including Central Asia, emphasizing not only their contemporary manifestations but also their ancient and medieval roots and their significance within the history of world civilizations.

The Middle East Studies program is a thematic program in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.  It offers an undergraduate minor as well as graduate and professional school training culminating in a Masters degree. The emphasis of the program is on the contemporary Middle East, and depending on students’ own research interests, may include North Africa, Turkey, the Levant, the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. The program’s faculty from the Jackson School is complemented by faculty from across the disciplinary departments, with particularly notable contributions from Political Science, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, and Law.


Subject Classification

Library of Congress Classification (LC):

Materials for Near East Studies are cataloged throughout the LC schedules but are concentrated in the following areas.


    DR401-741  History of Turkey
    DR845-949  History of Central Asia
    DS1-329  History of the Middle East
                DS67-79          Iraq
                DS80-90          Lebanon
                DS92-99          Syria
                DS101-151      Israel/Jews
                DS153-154      Jordan
                DS155-154      Asia Minor
                DS201-248      Arabian Peninsula
                DS251-326      Iran
                DS327-329      Central Asia
    DT       History of Africa
                DT43-154        Egypt
                DT160-177      North Africa
                DT211-239      Libya
                DT241-269      Tunisia
                DT271-299      Algeria
                DT301-330      Morocco


    PJ4501-5192   Hebrew
                PJ4543-4937   Language
                PJ5001-5060   Literature
                            Individual authors                               PJ5050-5060

    PJ7501-8518   Arabic
                PJ1-10  Periodicals (Periodicals are on 3rd floor, separate from books)
    Criticism PJ7501-7600
    Collections PJ7601-7695
    Individual authors       
               To 622             PJ7695.8
               622-660           PJ7698
               Umayyad period, 660-750                          PJ7700
               First Abbasid period, 750-846                     PJ7701-7741
               Second Abbasid period, 846-946                 PJ7745
               Third Abbasid period, 946-1055                  PJ7750
               Fourth Abbasid period, 1055-1258               PJ7755
               Mamluk (Mameluke) period, 1258-1517       PJ7760
               Turkish period, 1517-1800                          PJ7765
               Modern, 1801-2000                                    PJ7800-7876
               2001-                                                       PJ7900-7976
    By region or country   PJ8000-8517

    PK6201-6599  Modern Persian
                PK6201-6399  Language
                PK6400-6599  Literature
                            Periodicals                                      PK6401
                            History and criticism                         PK6402-6427
                            Collections                                      PK6428-6450
                            Authors to 1870                               PK6450.9-6559
                            Authors 1870-2000                          PK6561
                            Authors 2000-                                 PK6562

    PK6701-6820  Afghan

    PK6971-6979  Tajik language
    PK6978-PK6979  Literature

    PL  Turkic Languages and Turkish

             Kazakh                       PL76 or PL65.K4
             Kyrgyz                        PL44 or PL65.K5
             Uzbek                        PL56 or PL55.U8

    PL101-271      Turkish Language

             PL101-200      Language
             PL201-271      Literature
             PL248             Individual authors