The scope of IRCICA's work plans expanded steadily over the years, as completed activities were replaced by new projects and ongoing ones grew to cover new themes of interest. The majority of research projects are implemented on a long term basis, in several successive and/or simultaneous stages related to various aspects of a given theme or involving various types of activities, such as data collection and treatment, contacts and cooperation with the Member States, institutions and organisations concerned, convening of scholarly meetings, editing, publishing, etc. From its earliest years onwards, the Centre disseminated the results of its activities in the OIC Member States as well as in academic, cultural and artistic circles world-wide by its publications, paper presentations at conferences, exhibitions of documents and illustrations, communication and cooperation with universities and cultural institutions throughout the world, and by offering library and archive services to researchers and students. This section outlines the activities carried out by IRCICA within the framework of its programs and projects, from its establishment in 1980 until the beginning of 2000.
A series of research projects grouped under the title History of Muslim Nations was among the first to be launched as soon as the Centre became operational. The projects are devised with the aim of producing reliable and objective sources on the history of the various nations which make up the Muslim world. ›› more
Research in this field aims to assess, record, and make known to interested researchers the collections of source materials related to various aspects of Islamic history and culture found in libraries, archives and private collections worldwide. These materials include official documents, manuscript works, books and periodicals, and other types of documentation. ›› more