Riasath Ali Asrar (Founder, Anjuman & Kabikaj) & Sibghatullah Khan (Founder, Gawan Academy &The Deccan Archives Foundation) going through the collections at the Library of AKAORI (Abul Kalaam Azad Oriental Research Institute), Public Gardens Hyderabad.

Established in December 2021, Kabikaj Foundation is committed to the preservation and promotion of rare books and manuscripts of literary, cultural, historical, academic, religious, and traditional significance.

Named after the practice of inscribing “Ya Kabikaj” on books for protection in earlier times, our foundation aims to safeguard these invaluable treasures from deterioration and loss.

We employ various preservation methods including digitisation to ensure these treasures remain accessible both online and offline.

Our collection is also the source of Anjuman’s ongoing project “Dakhni-pedia” – which aims to be a repository of Dakhni Literature.

Sumaiyah Ahmareen & Zakariya Sharfuddin scanning some Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam with a DIY scanning device.

Currently, we are actively preserving the private collections of Hazrat Riasat Ali Taaj in collaboration with Anjuman-e-Fannan, and various collections from private and public libraries in collaboration with The Deccan Archives Foundation. We also work with Dar-al-Isnad in Jeddah to preserve works of Tasawwuf.

Our collection boasts a diverse array of Persian and Urdu literature, covering history, Sufism, Calligraphy, and more. It includes lexicons, library catalogues, and poetic divans from renowned Dakhni, Urdu, and Persian poets. We preserve insightful accounts of Hyderabad and India’s history. The collection also features timeless works on Sufism, illuminating spiritual insights from revered thinkers and poets. Complementing these treasures are guides on calligraphy, showcasing the artistry and discipline of this revered visual form.