establishment of a major Islamic studies reference library of printed material
to support and enhance its various research projects in general, and the
cataloguing, study and editing of important Islamic texts in manuscripts in
particular, is one of the most important scholarly achievements of the
Founded in 1991, the Library’s main objective is to uphold
the Foundation’s mission by enhancing access to the Islamic heritage resources.
Among these, priority was given to a comprehensive collection of printed
catalogues of Islamic manuscripts from countries all over the world and to
important primary and secondary sources in the field of Islamic studies. The
library is intended to serve students and researchers of the Islamic heritage,
specifically those undertaking research into Islamic manuscripts.
special importance of the Library lies in the integrated nature of its
collection. Islamic civilisation has produced a vast number of written works,
and these are reflected in the Library’s collection. To-date the Library has
collected about 30,000 volumes.The
major subjects covered are Qur’anic studies, Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence,
Islamic theology, philosophy, science, medicine, history, geography, architecture, arts, literature, etc., written
in the major Islamic languages including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu,
Swahili, Gujarati, as well as Russian and European languages. The
Library collection also includes multilingual dictionaries, Arabic
biographical dictionaries and encyclopedia, covering the classical period to
the present time.
the Library’s collections include over 3,000 printed Islamic manuscript
catalogues from over 70 countries.
library’s holdings are arranged and organised according to the Library of
Classification (LCC) for ease of use, while its collection of catalogues
of Islamic manuscripts is classified by country.
Makkah and Madinah Centre’s Library
is important to mention that beside the Foundation’s main Library in London, the Makkah and Madinah Centre housed in the Jeddah branch of Al-Furqan, in Saudi Arabia,
possesses specialised and fully automated collections of printed books,
periodicals, manuscripts, documents, reports and University theses.
Encyclopaedia Library has now been fully catalogued and is functioning as a
reference library supporting the work of the Encyclopaedia of Makkah and
Madinah, one of the Foundation’s leading projects.