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Arabic-Language Materials at the UIUC Library: In the Stacks

An introduction to the University Library's holdings of Arabic-language materials, including current periodicals, reference works, language-learning materials, databases, DVDs, archival collections, and the 55,000-volume general Arabic-language collection

Resources for advanced scholars

The call number range 492.7, housed for the most part in the basement of the West side of the Main Stacks, contains many works appropriate for the advanced study of Arabic language and linguistics, including G. Lankester Harding's An index and concordance of pre-Islamic Arabian names and inscriptions (492.7 H21i), Jacob M. Landau's A word count of modern Arabic prose (492.7 L23w), Leo Wiener's Contributions toward a history of Arabico-Gothic culture (492.7 W63c v. 1-4), Mikhail Murad's Qāmūs ʻArabī - Suryānī = Arabic-Syriac dictionary (492.73 M931q), and Patrice Jullien de Pommerol's Dictionnaire arabe tchadien-français : suivi d’un index français-arabe et d’un index des racines arabes (492.77096743 J948d).

The Library also owns all four volumes of the 18th-century edition of Fransiszek Meninski's famous Lexicon arabico-persico-tvrkicvm adiecta ad singvlas voces et phrases significatione latina (Vienna, 1780-1802 -- Q.492.7 M52l), pictured above.  Additional early scholarly works on the Arabic language, such as Matthias Wasmuth's Matthiæ Wasmuth Holsati Grammatica arabica Præmissa est Parænesis de linguæ arabicæ utilitate (Amsterdam, 1654 -- X492.7 W28g, pictured below) and Andreas Oberleitner's Chrestomathia Arabica, una cum glossario Arabico-Latino huic chrestomathiae adcommodato (Vienna, 1823- -- 492.7 Ob2c v. 1-2) may be found in UIUC's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


55,000 volumes and counting

The majority of the Library's Arabic-language holdings can be found at the east end of Deck 8 in the Main Stacks.

(Photo:  eTombotron)