Since the inception of the Center of Revival of Islamic Heritage at the College of Shari'a and Islamic Studies in 1396H, the Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) has figured as a pioneer in maintaining Islamic heritage and its collection, verification and publication. A long time ago, the Center was able to collect more than 20,000 reference Islamic manuscripts from all round the world serving untold numbers of professors in the Saudi, Arabian and international universities, and the graduate students in and outside the Kingdom. At the beginning, the center’s main specialties included Islamic studies, Arabic language, historical and civilization studies, in addition to the revival of Islamic heritage. The Center managed to publish about 60 publications including books and heritage encyclopedia since its inception up to the issuance of the royal decree in Muharram 8th, 1406H, corresponding to September 23rd, 1985, which stipulated the establishment of the Institute of Scientific Research and Revival of Islamic Heritage and inclusion of the Center of the Revival of Islamic Heritage in its research centers.
Heritage publications have always been and still focus of concern for researchers,visitors of local and international exhibitions and the local and international publishers due to their high scientific value. The most recent publications in this regard are the encyclopedia of "Al-Maqasid Al-Shafia" in10 volumes, and the encyclopedia of “Al-Jamea'” by Ibn Younis al-Maliki in 24 volumes, besides the manuscripts of the Institute available at other parties in the university such as the original and digital manuscripts kept at sterilization and renovation labs, given that the right to electronically publish such manuscripts is owned by the Deanship of Library Affairs. All of such manuscripts can be transferred to the Institute upon the issuance of an approval to change its name, to become a specialized unit of high value and importance.
It is well-known that the UQU is exerting outstanding efforts in verification, publication and caring of the Islamic heritage manuscripts. And perhaps the most prominent and most obvious example is the large number of scientific papers in this subject registered with different scientific divisions in the university, exceeding 2,000 masters’ and doctoral theses.
Due to the enormous advancement and development witnessed by the manuscripts department that has been reflected in providing the microfilm library with more copies from original resources wherever they were located whether inside or outside the country in order to facilitate verification of Islamic heritage by researchers including faculty members, undergraduates and graduate students in various universities, and with respect to the great attention given to those valuable collections by the successive leaders of the Institute for Research and Revival of Islamic Heritage and the care given to indexing, classification and printing of indexes in order to facilitate manual and online access while providing the most recent reading and reproducing facilities, it has become a valid justification for establishing a separate institute to take care of manuscript matters and verification of Islamic heritage to ensure due attention and support to these valuable resources in addition to the following justifications:
Firstly: UQU is a pioneer and leader in the field of caring of Islamic heritage since the establishment of the Center of Revival of Islamic Heritage in 1396H.
Secondly: Lack of scientific or educational institutions specialized in the collection, verification, caring and publication of heritage masterpieces in Saudi Arabia made it necessary to establish this institute.
Thirdly: The importance of this institute is to achieve the mission of the educational sector in Saudi Arabia in general and UQU in particular, with regard to the caring of Islamic culture and science and linking them with Islamic heritage.
Fourthly: The Institute plays a vital role in creating specialized, qualified and highly-trained cadres who are able to maintain, collect, examine, arrange, study and verify Islamic heritage, besides providing these manuscripts with necessary sterilization and renovation.
Fifthly: Establishing specialized heritage research centers in various fields of knowledge has always been a focus of attention.
Sixthly: The Institute will play a significant role in enriching the King Abdullah Initiative for Arab Content.
Seventhly: The Institute of Scientific Research and Revival of Islamic Heritage has an integrated infrastructure represented in:
Supporting the University’s mission, caring of manuscripts and revival of Islamic heritage and its collection, indexing and verification, besides linking the university with the community.
Since its inception, the Institute of Scientific Research and Revival of Islamic Heritage at Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) attaches great attention to manuscripts in terms of collection, indexing and verification. In continuation of this approach and significant role, the Institute aims at:
Firstly: Collecting originals and copies of Islamic heritage manuscripts from inside and outside the Kingdom.
Secondly: Caring of, indexing and verification of manuscripts and providing an easy access for the researchers to them.
Thirdly: Publishing and verification of Islamic manuscripts in different branches of knowledge.
Fourthly: Providing specialized scientific consultations in the field of manuscripts and their collection, indexing and verification.
Fifthly: Abiding by the Islamic standards in light of the true faith.
Sixthly: Supporting and encouraging researchers, including graduate students and faculty members, in the universities to work in the field of Islamic heritage verification.
Seventhly: Cooperating with similar bodies internally and externally to exchange manuscripts and expertise.
Eighthly: Showing the verified and published intellectual production in the field of Islamic heritage for the researchers in the permanent book fair at the headquarters of the Institute of Scientific Research and Revival of Islamic Heritage in the university and local and international book fairs.
Ninthly: Organizing training courses in the field of verification, study and caring of Islamic heritage.
Tenthly: Carrying out specialized researches and studies in the fields of sterilization and restoration of paper manuscripts.
The Institute aspires to become unrivaled at the global level in the field of the collection of manuscript treasures and verification of Islamic heritage.