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Research Guides


A. Chronologic.

Near East Studies covers the Near East, North Africa and Central Asia from 600 through the present, Central Asia from 800-the present, plus the ancient Near East, particularly ancient Egypt and the Hittite Empire. Stronger emphases are Arabic countries from 600-1250, 1800-the present, Turkish from 1000-the present and Persian from 1000-the present. 

B. Geographic.

Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, the Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Turkey and the Central Asian countries: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

C. Languages.

Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Tajik, Turkmen, Uighur, Kurdish, and the ancient languages: Akkadian, Assyrian, Sumerian, ancient Egyptian, Coptic and Syriac.

D. Format.

Monographs, periodicals, media (primarily DVDs, CDs and audio recordings), microforms (for some antiquarian material and archival collections), maps, and some music scores.

E. Exclusions.

     1.  Do not buy textbooks, military sciences, medicine or sciences.

      2. Due to budget restrictions, purchases may be limited to materials directly supporting classes and faculty/graduate student research.