BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
1 Geographical qualifiers
Do not use “1” on individual books, as it is not a valid qualifier code; select appropriate qualifier code(s) from Section 1 below
1F Asia
1FB Middle East
Class here: The Levant. For ‘Arabic countries’, use 1FB plus 1HB “North Africa”. See also: 1QFM “Islamic countries”
1FBX Arabian peninsula
1FBXB Bahrain
1FBXK Kuwait
1FBXM Oman
1FBXQ Qatar
1FBXS Saudi Arabia
1FBXU United Arab Emirates
Class here: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah
1FBXY Yemen

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