Karima Benaicha

Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, Head of the Library & Online Database Department

Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, Head of the Library & Online Database Department

Karima Benaicha has been with Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation since 1997, serving as Head of the Library & Online Database Department since 2007.  Karima has a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Studies and a Master's degree in Information Science.  Her research interests are centred on information access, cataloguing practices for Islamic manuscripts and Authority files. 

Karima is passionate about working on different projects that increase awareness and accessibility to the wealth of information available in the world of written Islamic heritage.  As Head of the Library she completed development of the Foundation’s digital library system in 2014. The digital library allows cross searching between various collections; one of these collection is the “World Collection”  which is the digital embodiment of the publication, World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts (4 vols.) another collection is the Islamic manuscripts which builds upon the significant work already accomplished by the Foundation through its published catalogues.

Currently Karima is very excited about expending awareness and developing partnerships which further enhance the content and make the information more useful for scholars.

Forthcoming Events


Tower of London (BEP)

A great opportunity to explore the Tower of London and learn about some of the most famous parts of British history including the monarchy, religion and how British culture has become what it is now.


The Lion King (BEP)

We will see the musical show The Lion King to explore and experience the stage and performing arts culture in the UK.


Summer Scout for Disadvantaged Children

Summer Scout for Disadvantaged Children project aims to enable children aged between 9-15 to actively engage with peers through educational and leisurely scout activities resulting in a better understanding of using their free time wisely and actively, thus building their self-esteem and confidence by developing their social interaction and communication skills.

Latest News

A Tide of Humanity: Discussing the Migrant Crisis

On 27 November 2015, LCSS has successfully organised a roundtable at SOAS to discuss the recent Migrant Crisis

LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.

LCSS Summer School 2015

We are excited to conduct LCSS's first summer school and to host a lovely group of students from Azerbaijan. 20 July - 14 August

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education

LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education


“Insider” and/or “outsider: Anthropologists’ constant status negotiation”

Feray J. Baskin - PhD Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

In the Name of the Nation: the burqa ban, French values and Islam

Daniela Alaattinoğlu - PhD Candidate, European University Institute - Florence, Italy

On Welfare Reform with Baroness Molly Meacher

Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.

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