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Archives of the Middle East Centre, 1960 - 1992

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/CMES

Scope and Contents

The papers comprise a variety of operational records including governing body minutes and accounts; editorial material; student records; and subject files concerning conferences and relations with interested external bodies.


  • Creation: 1960 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions on scholarly access of 50 and 80 years are applied to governing and personal records respectively as a condition of transfer and under data protection legislation - see each catalogue record for detail.

Biographical / Historical

The Centre was established in 1960 by Professor Arthur John Arberry to foster an interest in the Middle East, particularly the modern Middle East, among Cambridge scholars, students and the general public, and to promote research. Since 1969, it has been part of the Faculty of Oriental Studies (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies since 2007). In the decades since its foundation, the Centre has broadened its remit to include promoting Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in general by organising lectures, conferences and other events and forming links with projects working on Middle Eastern and Islamic topics. It is not a teaching institution but it is closely connected to the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies teaching section in the Faculty. It has an office and reading room in the Faculty and a library collection housed in the Faculty Library. It has had the following changes of name: Middle East Centre 1960-86; Centre of Middle Eastern Studies 1986-2002; Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 2002-8; Centre of Islamic Studies 2008- .


10 linear metre(s) : paper and photograph

Language of Materials




Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were transferred by J.S. Hackett Esq. of Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, Oriental Studies Faculty, Sidgwick Ave., Cambridge CB3 9DA on 16 Oct. 1996. The records are a permanent transfer to the University Archives.

Related Materials

See also among the University Archives: the records of the Faculty of Oriental Studies (ref.: UA ORS).


The online catalogue was completed in 2000 and emended in July 2004, March 2005, August 2007 and October 2011.


Middle East Centre

Finding aid date

2000-02-04 14:36:01+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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