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Specialised Information Service

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The Specialised Information Service

The Specialised Information Service (FID) Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies provides German academia with highly specialised research materials from the countries of the MENA region as well as research-relevant services and subject-specialised information. It has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2016 and is maintained by the University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt.

Acquisition Profile

The FID acquires hard-to-obtain publications  from the countries belonging to the MENA region and predominantly in the languages spoken there and, in the following, making this highly specialised source material permanently available.

Providing this literature is accomplished via traditional services like the interlibrary loan service of the ULB Saxony-Anhalt for printed materials but also increasingly in digital form, e.g. as open access or as a license offer. For your special literature research, use the search portal MENAsearch.


With the subject repository MENAdoc, the FID Middle East offers worldwide free access  to a variety of digital sources and publications related to the MENA region and Islam. You also have the opportunity to publish your own works in open access on MENAdoc.

All titles are equipped with a permalink and can thus be permanently referenced. Additionally, those works are going to be referenced in supra-regional catalogues.

Research Data

The FID Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies has set itself the task of advising its specialist community on research data management and supporting its implementation.

Within the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), the FID Middle East is involved in both the text+ and nfdi4culture consortia as well as in the Ethical Legal Social Aspect (ELSA) cross-sectional section, thus passing on the requirements of the specialist community to higher-level infrastructure projects.

Subjects Covered

The FID Middle East, North African and Islamic Studies views itself as a point of contact for a number of smaller disciplines specialised in philology, religion and regional studies of the subject spectrum in Oriental Studies. These include:

Regional Orientation

Regionally seen, our collection covers the following countries:


Egypt, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Eritrea, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Algeria, Yemen, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan (Republic of Sudan), Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, West Sahara

Content Orientation

In terms of content, the FID Middle East’s acquisitions focus in particular on the fields of religious studies, history, political and social sciences as well as linguistics and literary studies of the above-mentioned regions.


In order to bring the service into accordance with the needs of research, the FID team maintains close contact with the subject-specific community, regularly conducts roadshows and surveys and is in contact with various subject scholars via social media. In addition, the FID regularly informs interested persons per its newsletter about new offers in the field of licensing or about any subject-relevant events.