Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Arizona Library Middle East Collection is located on pod 3A of the Main Library. The Collection covers a wide range of subject areas such as Social Sciences, Humanities, Agriculture, Medicine, Women's Studies and so forth. The collection's strengths are its overall breadth, its concentrations in Middle Eastern languages, literature, and both modern and ancient history, and its extensive serial holdings.
The collection contains more than 65,000 volumes in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Pashtu and Turkish. Other holdings include over 300 current periodicals relating to the Middle East, many in regional languages, back issues of another 200 periodicals that are no longer published, and more than 250 videos and films. For more than a decade, the library has been adding 4-5,000 titles on the Middle East annually. Students benefit from the presence of all important reference works and a wide selection of specialized monographs. There is also a small collection of newspapers and periodicals available.
Hebrew language materials are integrated into the Main Library collections mostly under the PJ call number. English and Western European language material on the Middle East are also integrated into the Main Library Collections.
The Middle East Collection serves the research and teaching needs of the Faculty and students of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Modern and Near East), the Department of Near Eastern Studies , and the Judaic Studies Department -- the parts dealing with Israel and Modern Hebrew. Other customers include the Middle Eastern students at the University of Arizona, as well as the Arab, Jewish, Persian, and Turkish citizens of Tucson.
Middle East Collection Library Contact:
office addr: Main Library A207(Bldg #55)
Atifa Rawan is a full-librarian with responsibilities for Government Documents, Political Science, Public Administration and Public Policy, Law, and Middle Eastern Studies areas at the University of Arizona. Atifa is a board member of the Center for Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arizona and serves as a library consultant to various institutions and organizations related to Afghanistan. She is an active member of the government documents community and has been involved both at the state and national levels. Since the fall of the Taliban, she has traveled several times to Afghanistan and has taken leadership role in rebuilding libraries in Afghanistan that were decimated under Taliban rule. Atifa is the 2005 recipient of the American Library Association Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award.