Welcome to Al-Furqan Digital Library

The largest gateway of Islamic written heritage


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Our Library Collection

Al-Furqan's Library is a reference library which contains an in-depth collection of material on the Islamic written heritage.  The aim of the Library is to support academic research in the field of the Islamic written heritage, as well as to provide educational tools and reference works for early academics and students interested in pursuing their studies in the fields of Islamic manuscript studies, Islamic law and the history of Mecca and Medina.

The Library holds primary sources, including a rich collection of digital images of manuscripts, as well as secondary sources focusing on catalogues of Islamic manuscripts, reference works in the fields of codicology, palaeography and library resources.  As reference library, Al-Furqan's Library does not lend its holdings.

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 over 11,000 titles, in more than 16,000 volumes on various subjects. Moreover, the Library's collections include almost 1,800 printed Islamic manuscript catalogues, in around 2,500 volumes, 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.