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Persian Studies

This is a guide to important print and electronic sources in the field of Persian Studies. The focus is on material available in the UM Libraries' collections; however, there are additional internet sources included.

Books - Persian Studies

Looking for a book?

  • To search the UMD catalog, go to the library's homepage and type your query in the search box. Likewise, you can use the catalog's advanced search page.
  • University of Maryland Libraries are using Library of Congress Classification system to sort, organize and arrange our materials on our shelves.  Thus for best searching results use the Library of Congress Subject Headings.  They are viewable within each individual records -- in this case just click on a subject heading best describing your subject.   You can also use the "Subject Beginning with..." search.  Finally you can use words from these headings to build your own search vocabulary to use in key word searching.  Some examples of subject headings are: 
    • Arabic Literature -- 20th Century -- History and Criticism
    • Arabic Literature -- History and Criticism
    • Arabic Poetry -- 21st Century
    • Art and Literature -- Islamic Countries
    • Encyclopedias and Dictionaries, Persia
    • Feminism -- Arab Countries
    • Folk literature
    • Iran
    • Iranian literature
    • Iranian literature History and criticism
    • Iran Foreign Relations to Syria
    • Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988
    • Iraq -- History
    • Iraq -- Foreign Relations -- United States
    • Islam -- History
    • Middle East -- History
    • Middle East -- History -- 19th Century
    • Persian Fiction
    • Persian Poetry -- 20th Century Translations into English
    • Women -- Middle East

What if I can't find what I'm looking for?

Sometimes UMD libraries may not have copies of the material you are looking for. Fortunately, UMD partners with other insitutions to make sure you can get the things you need. Here are some services that can help you get what you're looking for:

These call numbers represent the most frequently used call numbers relevant to the Persian Studies Program. They are based on the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

Subjects Call Numbers

Persian Poetry, Literature, and Language

PK 64
Islamic Philosophy B740-753
Islamic Ethics BJ 1291
Islam BP 1-370
Crusades D 152-199
Islamic Law

BP 141-154

KBP 50-3946 

Law, Middle East KMC 1-KML 320 
Architecture, Islamic NA 380-388
Art, Islamic N 6260
Calligraphy, Islamic NK 3635.5
Feature Films, VHS, DVD

PN 1997-1997.2


DS 135, 318.9


Look at the McKeldin Library Floor Map to find where the call numbers are located on each floor.

These are just a few selected titles relating to Persian Studies. For more, feel free to search the UMD catalog.