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About MENA

What is our vision for MENA ?

  • MENA will be devoted to the research needs of those actively engaged in the study of the region regardless of institutional affiliation;
  • MENA will function as a documentation center, offering high-level, specialized research services tailored to the needs of researchers interested in the cultures, politics, economies, governments and current affairs of the region;
  • MENA will make available critical data, documents, analysis and current awareness materials in Arabic and other languages of the region as well as in Western languages;
  • MENA will incorporate emerging technologies, streaming video and other digital formats to make available otherwise unavailable lectures, feature films, documentaries and the wide variety of digital documentation emerging on the web;
  • MENA’s geographic scope will encompass Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, the Palestinians and the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Qatar, and Turkey as it relates to the region.

MENA: Existing Resources

The Gelman Library already has acquired significant historical resources that serve as a foundation for research on the Middle East, including the extensive collection of historical books on the Middle East dating to the 19th and 20th centuries purchased from the Middle East Institute; impressive collections of rare materials from the Middle East, including pre-1900 printed works, 17th Century manuscripts, an extensive collection of antiquarian maps; the 22,000-volume Kiev Collection of Judaica; and an extensive retrospective collection of Mediterranean archeological resources, including significant coverage of Egypt and Palestine.

In addition to over two dozen full-text and other databases, Gelman Library recently added subscriptions to Index Islamicus, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, and MidEast Wire.

In 2008, the Library made a significant investment in Arab-language publications from the Middle East. This purchase was the initial phase of a commitment to build a core collection of current publications in Arabic to complement the library’s extensive collection of contemporary English language publications focusing on the region.

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