The Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation is a philanthropic educational trust that was founded to support and advance the protection, preservation and study of the Islamic intellectual and artistic heritage. It specialises in scholarly publishing, fine book design, and the care and management of manuscript collections.
The Islamic Manuscript Association is one of six projects established and sponsored by the Foundation over its twenty-five year history.
The Sunna Project is the Foundation’s flagship project. It prepares definitive critical editions of works of hadith literature. To date, the Sunna Project has produced the eighteen-volume Hadith Encyclopedia, which includes the six canonical hadith collections as well as the Muwatta of Imam Malik ibn Anas, and a fourteen-volume edition of the Musnad of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
The Foundation has also signed an agreement with the National Library of Egypt (Dar al-Kutub) and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture to assist with the preservation, conservation and curation of the National Library’s manuscript collection and to establish the Library as a regional leader in collection care and management.
The goals of this project—the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and Dar al-Kutub Manuscript Project—include upgrading the National Library’s existing preservation and conservation laboratories; designing and equipping new preservation and conservation laboratories especially for the manuscript collections, including an imaging studio; redesigning and re-equipping the manuscript storage and exhibition areas; the continued professional development of the National Library’s preservation, conservation and exhibition staff; cataloguing selected areas of the manuscript collection; and preparing publications and promotional materials for and about the National Library.
The Foundation has offices in Cairo, Egypt; Cambridge, England; and Stuttgart, Germany. For further information and details of other projects, see www.thesaurus-islamicus.org
The HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies is at the forefront of research and public engagement on the role of Islam in wider society. Working with partners across the University of Cambridge and beyond, from academic institutes to civil society organisations and the government, the Centre has developed a reputation for enriching public debate and knowledge through high-profile and innovative research projects about Islam in the UK, Europe and globally.
The Centre’s commitment to high-quality research and public outreach builds on a well-established foundation at Cambridge. It was established in 2008 as the successor to the Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, which was founded in 1960 by Professor Arthur Arberry. That Centre fostered an interest in the Middle East and in Islam among generations of Cambridge scholars, students and the broader public.
The Centre of Islamic Studies is firmly rooted in this twin tradition of research and public engagement. Supported by a generous donation from Alwaleed Philanthropies, it is committed to translating its research into high-quality informative outreach initiatives to policy makers and the public, and makes all of its publications available online to download for free.
Read more about the Centre of Islamic Studies at www.cis.cam.ac.uk