is a global religion, and many of its treasures have for centuries been in
libraries outside the heartlands of the Middle East, unknown to all but a few
local elites. Al-Furqan’s Digital Library Portal gives scholars and researchers
across the globe access to this wealth of newly-discovered material, much of
which has been vastly underexploited to date. In doing so, the Foundation
brings together the many communities who share a common interest in the
preservation of Islamic heritage.
In 1989 the Foundation set up a research project to
investigate, as comprehensively as possible, the present state of Islamic
manuscript collections extant worldwide. Scholars were identified and
commissioned to carry out a survey in more than 100 countries. The outcome of this
project was the World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts publication.
The Foundation made history in the field of Islamic manuscripts
with the publication of the World Survey. It was a project that brought
together manuscript scholars from almost every part of the world with the
shared goal of realising the ambitious bibliographical work.
The World Collections area of the Digital Library Portal
presents the libraries of the World Survey in geographical context for the user
to browse and explore interactively. For example, hovering over a library on
the world map provides a quick preview of the library and its holdings.
Disclaimer: Please note that the World Collections showcase
the libraries as in the published World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts
(completed in 1994). Please see further details in the following link: World Survey. Furthermore, please note that the contact details
mentioned in the Portal may vary from the printed version, as we continuously
receive updated information and feedback from the libraries as well as from the
users. Direct links to the individual library websites
are also provided, whenever possible.