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Today, Islamic manuscripts are to be found, not only in every Islamic country and in countries with large islamic minorities, but also throughout Europe and the Americas as well as in Japan and some non-Muslim African countries.

This enormous treasure is - in many areas - in danger of being destroyed through social upheavals, political conflicts, natural causes or simply lack of proper care. It is therefore of the utmost importance that it should be documented as soon as possible.

Al-Furqan Foundation supports the edition and publication of a wide selection of manuscripts of particular significance in the Islamic heritage and facsimile editions of well preserved important manuscripts, particularly those with marked aesthetic value.


Tafsīr Gharīb al-Muwaṭṭaʾ (Intepretation of Unfamiliar Words in Al-Muwaṭṭaʾ) by Aḥmad ibn ʿUmrān, known as al-Akhfash (d. before 250 AH/ 864 CE)

Edited by Taha bin Ali Bousrih al-Tounisi and Aroua bint Mohamed al Mokhtar al Lafi

This important tome is considered one of the first and oldest books that has offered a general explanation of “al-Muwaṭṭa’”, in specifically addressing the obscure terms within. The erudite scholar, al-Akhfash, authored this explanatory text aligned to the prevailing culture of the time. In this, he was aided by his . . .


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Bidāyat al-Mubtadī (A Classical Manual on the Hanafi Juridical School) by ʿAlī b. Abī Bakr al-Marghinānī

Edited by Saed Bakdash

The book “Bidāyat al-Mubtadī” is of significant academic and scientific importance as the leading reference for the Ḥanafī School of jurisprudence. Indeed, it is considered the key reference and one of the principal accredited texts and renowned abridgments in the Ḥanafī School. This is due to its intimate relationship with . . .


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The Corpus of al-Isfizārī in the Sciences of Weights and Mechanical Devices by Abū Ḥātim al-Muẓaffar ibn Ismāʿīl al-Isfizārī - English version

Edited by Mohammed Abattouy and Salim Al-Hassani

This critical edition of al-Isfizāri’s book deals with the field of mechanics, known by early Muslims as “the sciences of weights and mechanical devices” (‘Ilmay al-Athqāl wal-Ḥiyal). The book introduces the theory of the “steelyard” and its applications. It extensively describes and provides exhaustive details on a large group of . . .


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