Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation was established initially with the aim to document and preserve the Islamic written heritage, principally through its work in surveying, imaging, cataloguing, editing, studying and publishing Islamic manuscripts. But, with time, its scope of activity has expanded, and it now comprises three centres, i.e.:
The Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts
The Manuscript Centre within Al-Furqan was established in 1988, aiming to preserve and study Islamic manuscripts, which constitute a particularly important part of the Islamic Heritage.
The Centre for the Encyclopedia of Makkah and Madinah
The Mawsoa Centre was established in 1994, and its main focus is publishing the Encyclopaedia of the two holy cities (Makkah and Madinah), acknowledging their scientific and cultural role throughout history.
The Centre for the Study of the Philosophy of Islamic Law
The Maqasid Centre was established in 2005, and it focuses on the study of maqasid. It supports new research in the theories of priorities, utility, consequences and universal principles of Islamic law.