The Kuwait Library

The Library


The Library holds a substantial collection of materials on a comprehensive range of topics relating to Islam and the Islamic world.  At present most of the library's holdings are in print format, but the Library has also acquired digitised versions of the Bodleian's various collections of Arabic manuscripts. As well as its collection of monographs, the Library maintains a wide variety of scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers for consultation. The primary subject areas covered are: classical Islamic sciences (especially Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Kalam and Sufism); contemporary Islamic studies, Muslims in the West, and modern Muslim thinkers. Several languages are represented, including Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Turkish, English and other European languages.

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The Library remains closed to readers until further notice. In the meantime, please contact us if you need scans of sections/chapters of books and articles of journals in our holdings. This service is free of charge, but copyright restrictions apply. Please email