Ibn Khaldun Institute

Ibn Khaldun Institute is a private research institution set up and officialy registered by Bogusław R. Zagórski in Warsaw on July 15, 1991.

The Institute specializes in the problems of the Islamic civilization and the Arab World; it conducts research and supplies expert consultations in cooperation with numerous learned institutions in Poland and abroad (UNESCO, Islamic Foundation in Leicester, Calamus Foundation in London, Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation in Wimbledon, Kingdom Foundation in Riyadh, and others).

Institute devotes special attention to the study of cartographic toponymy and standarization procedures applied to geographical names in the Arab World, in cooperation with the Commission for the Standarization of Geographical Names Beyond Polish Borders (by the Office of Chief Cartographer of Poland) and UNGEGN (United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names).

The Institute’s library comprises over 10 000 volumes in Polish as well as Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French, German, Russian, Persian, Turkish and other languages. It holdings include ca. 150 Arabic manuscripts and several hundred old and rare books on the questions of the Islamic World, its history, languages, religion, culture, sciences and geography.

The Institute’s plans for the future include a series of unbiased publications on the Islamic historical and cultural heritage in Europe and starting regular education about the Islamic World in all its richness and diversity.