The Landau Collection consists chiefly of Rom Landau's personal library
and other materials--notably clippings, periodicals and government
documents--that he used in teaching coursework in Is-lamic Studies at the
University of the Pacific. As might be ex-pected, the primary focus of these
materials is Morocco. How-ever, the collection also contains considerable
material on the other nations of French North Africa, Algeria and Tunisia, and,
a smaller body of books, pamphlets, and documents on other Islamic nations and
on Israel/Palestine. The time period of greatest em-phasis is the twenty-five
years immediately following World War II (1945-1970).
Rom Landau (1899-1974) was an author and professor of Islamic Studies.
He studied philosophy, art, and religion at various European schools and
universities--notably in Germany--taking no degrees and spending his early
years traveling and working as a sculptor. During the late 1920s and early
1930s Landau established a minor reputation in Europe as a writer. His themes
were art history, Polish biography, and comparative religion. Landau's best
known book from these years bears the title God is my adventure (Knopf, 1935).
He was a co-founder of the World Congress of Faiths, London (1936).
Collection is open for research.