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The Urdu Collection

Information on the project funded in 2004 through the Full Disclosure programme, including the final report on the project (see PDF files).

The Urdu collection in the Islamic Foundation's library started in 1981. To-date the section has 3,500 books, including 50 sets of bound/unbound journal volumes, thesis, and encyclopaedic works. The section has an important Qur'an and Hadeeth Studies area which is used by members of the local community. The Urdu card catalogue is used to find books on the shelves by author or title. Searching in the Urdu language would greatly improve retrieval of books from the shelves.

The collection has some rare and out of print material which is only available in the Urdu language, including unique material on pre-Indo-Pak partition era. Visiting scholars and research students use the collections as after Arabic, Urdu is the second most widely read language in South East Asia. The collection is an important source of research for bi-lingual scholars who use both the English and Urdu collections. The subjects covered in the Urdu section, complement the English collection related to Islam and the Muslim world.

The collection would be far more easily accessible if it was catalogued online. The Library computer catalogue has facilities to search Arabic monographs by all the fields i.e. keyword, title etc. It seems logical that the Library system should also facilitate Urdu records. There is a growing interest in Urdu literature and especially in the subject area of Islamic studies. Urdu records available online would enhance the catalogue and provide more subject material in specialised areas, i.e. Islamic economics, Moghul history and Pakistan politics and government.

Lead Institution: The Islamic Foundation

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