The Institute concerns itself with the study of Islamic civilization. It gives attention to the origins of Islam, to the rise of the civilization in which Islamic faith was a vivifying factor, to the forces which shaped the civilization and the changes it has undergone. It is also concerned with the contemporary dynamics of the Islamic world, as Muslims seek to relate their heritage from the past to the present. Topics covered include: Islamic languages, Islamic history, social and economic institutions of the Islamic world, Islamic thought, and modern developments in various regions of the Islamic world. The library of the Institute holds about 100,000 volumes, approximately half of which are in Islamic languages, and includes an excellent collection of periodicals.