AUIS Library Receives Large Collection on History from New York University

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:45

The Ancient Near East and Mesopotamian collection at AUIS Library received a generous donation of selected volumes by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University (NYU) this summer.

ISAW is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, housed at the New York University (NYU), which aims to encourage particularly the study of the economic, religious, political and cultural connections between ancient civilizations.

Dr. Tobin Hartnell, archaeologist and assistant professor at the AUIS Social Sciences department thanked ISAW for their generous donation. “The NYU book donation is so important to AUIS because it covers almost all of the major discoveries and eras of world history, including standard reference volumes on Asia, the Mediterranean, and of course ancient Mesopotamia. Almost every single volume included in the donation is a classic in its field; the few exceptions provide detailed accounts of important historical topics,” he said, about the collection.

The ISAW Library provided a list of books to AUIS, from which the faculty and librarian made selections, which were then shipped to AUIS earlier this summer. According to ISAW’s press release, “...the Library has committed itself to placing as many such volumes at institutions where they are likely to have a profound and lasting scholarly or pedagogical impact. In doing so, we make a special effort to place books with institutions like the AUIS, which teach future generations to interpret, value, and preserve their ancient cultural heritage. ISAW is therefore especially pleased to have been able to make this donation to the students and faculty of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.”

"These books will provide a place to go for students wanting to learn more about what they read in their courses and provide options for the specialized upper-level classes in the Social Sciences at the university. AUIS students can now study the works of art and culture that are currently on display in Oxford, Harvard, Paris or Beijing; places that are often difficult for our students to visit in practice. Some books are particularly timely; for example, the works on the ancient ivories, that can be used to understand the immense cultural value of Nimrud, the first ancient city destroyed by ISIS. Ultimately, this book donation will support AUIS for decades to come.” added Hartnell.

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