The Ottoman Scientific Heritage: Past, Present, and Future

In honor of the recent publication of the English edition of The Ottoman Scientific Heritage by Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, translated by Maryam Patton (published by Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and the Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation are hosting a two-day symposium on April 26-27, 2024, at Harvard University.

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Ahmed Zaki Yamani "The Heritage of an Ummah in a Man"

We're happy to present the book "Ahmed Zaki Yamani: The Heritage of an Ummah in a Man” a tribute to the late Shaykh Ahmed Zaki Yamani. This commemorative volume serves as a heartfelt homage to his extraordinary life and enduring impact. Within its pages lie the profound insights shared during the symposium, "H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani's Life and Ideas" Distinguished academics, revered scholars, and close associates convened alongside friends and family to honour & reflect upon his remarkable legacy.

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Miftāḥ al-Saʿāda wa Miṣbāḥ al-Siyyāda fī Mawḍūʿāt al-ʿUlūm

This book is considered one of the most important Arab bibliographic sources. Its author proved extraordinarily adept at elegantly classifying Arab sciences by topic, based on the concept of gradually progressing from the general to the specific. He excelled in identifying and branching disciplines, identifying well over 320. The author introduced each science, defining its scope of specialty, outlining its principles, benefits and purposes, and indeed, going further to present the origin and historical evolution of many disciplines.

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Call for Applications

"Material Aspects of Manuscripts of the Islamicate World, with a Special Focus on Bookbinding"

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Corpus Coranicum), and Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation (London) are delighted to call for applications for another international training course/workshop in the series:
Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts

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MoU: Al-Furqan Foundation and Suhayl journal

We are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation (AIHF) and the International Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Societies (Suhayl), which is published by the University of Barcelona, Spain.
The MoU was signed on Monday 12 February 2024 and comes with the aim to broaden the cooperation between Al-Furqan and Suhayl.

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Our eBooks are now available

We are delighted to announce the availability of certain publications in eBook format. The inaugural release includes a thoughtfully curated selection of titles, and continuous endeavours are underway to expand our range of eBooks.

Learn more on our "Getting Started with eBooks" page

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The Translation Movement Between East and West

The Centre for Study of Islamic Manuscripts organised a one-day symposium entitled "The Translation Movement between East and West" on Wed. 29 Nov. 2023. The topic of the symposium, which coincided with the 35th Anniversary of Al-Furqan, has chosen to highlight a theme that has long been close to the heart of our late Chairman, HE Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani (may he rest in peace), namely, bridging cultures, especially East & West.

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Qurʾān manuscripts, past and present: Cataloguing and digital tools

The Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts at Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, in co-operation with Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, and Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Corpus Coranicum), organised an international workshop / training course on "Qurʾān manuscripts, past and present: Cataloguing and digital tools".

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National Days and our "World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts"

To highlight each country's Islamic written heritage, we will be celebrating the National Days, by providing an insight into their Islamic manuscript collections.
Namely, on the occasion of the National Day of each particular country, we will publish an interactive summary of the country's surveyed Islamic manuscripts collection, with key facts and figures from the Foundation's published “World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts” (1994) , the only and unique survey to date.

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Selected Articles

In line with our aim to make our New Website more content driven, we have uploaded a number of selected articles extracted from some of our prominent publications.

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Our e-database is an open access platform with a search tool that encompasses a wealth of scholarship on the Islamic written heritage. It offers a continuously growing repository of bibliographic information about manuscripts and manuscript collections worldwide, inviting users to delve into a wide range of sources, including published and unpublished catalogues of Islamic manuscript from over 106 countries, an unprecedented, comprehensive bibliography within the field of the objectives of Islamic law (Maqāsid al-Sharīah), and access to our reference library with specialised collections in a range of languages.

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