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Iranian Studies



Reza Zanganeh

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Elham Ebrahimpoor

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Library Holdings and Acquisitions

The focus originally lay on linguistics and literary studies as well as religious studies, but since 1998 also humanities and social sciences related to the Middle East and North Africa region have been included.


In addition to printed works (the majority in the languages of the MENA region), the ULB also offers access to numerous electronic sources via open access.


Further, publications on Iranian Studies as well as publications in the various Iranian languages make up part of the holdings of the library of the German Oriental Society and, since 1998, also of the acquisition profile of the Special Subject Collection Middle East incl. North Africa (1998-2015) and the Specialised Information Service Middle Easte, North Africa and Islamic Studies (since 2016).

Finding and Using

Titles related to Iranian studies are mainly located in stacks at the Branch Library Middle East/Ethnology  and therefore have to be ordered via Ha:lit. When researching titles in non-Latin scripts, please be aware of the transcription regulations applied in the German library system. The lending of requested media is taking place at the circulation desk of the Branch Library Steintor-Campus. Apart from a few exceptions, the holdings can be borrowed freely. Additionally, there is an area containing  general reference works and dictionaries shelved in the reading room of the Branch Library Middle East / Ethnology.

Website of the FID Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies

The subject portal Menalib provides an overview of the various services offered by the FID as well as research access points for printed and electronically available works on Iranian Studies acquired by the FID. Databases and trial accesses negotiated by the FID, are also accessible via Menalib. Please remember to activate the VPN connection when researching outside of reach of the university wifi.

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Iranian Studies Collections

This very extensive collection of the ULB Saxony-Anhalt includes publications on Iran as well as Persian, but also publications on Afghanistan, Kurds, Tajikistan and Iranian-influenced Central Asia, and on Old, Middle and New Iranian languages.

History and Profiling of the Subject

Iranian Studies never was and still is not taught as an independent subject at the MLU. Nevertheless, Persian is regularly taught as a second foreign language by the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Therefore, since its foundation in 1918, the department has increasingly extensive holdings of teaching materials for learning classical as well as modern Persian (Farsi).