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Cleveland Arabic Collection

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The late Dr. William L Cleveland (1941-2006) was Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, Simon Fraser University. A world-renowned scholar of the Middle East and North Africa, he was the founder of SFU's Middle East and Islamic program and the mentor of numerous undergraduate and graduate students.

After his passing, his family donated to the SFU Library his personal collection of Arabic books on the Middle East and North Africa, volumes which now reside in Special Collections as the "William and Gretchen Cleveland Arabic Collection." The Collections consists of approximately 300 Arabic books and is rich in first-edition Beirut and Cairo imprints in history, memoirs, travelogues, and novels.

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