23 January 2017
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  • Recent publication: Interpretation of Unfamiliar Words in Al-Muwaṭṭaʾ by al-Akhfash. Read more...
  • Latest symposium: “The Arts in Light of the Objectives of Islamic Law”. Read more...
  • Upcoming publication: Arts and Maqāṣid. Read more...
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Al-Furqan's Library

The 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 Foundation.

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.

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The 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.

Moreover, the Library’s collections include over 3,000 printed Islamic manuscript catalogues from over 70 countries.

The library’s holdings are arranged and organised according to the Library of Congress

Classification (LCC) for ease of use, while its collection of catalogues of Islamic manuscripts is classified by country.


The Makkah and Madinah Centre’s Library

It 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.

The 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.

Website updated on

16/01/2017