Islamic Research Index (IRI) is an initiative by Prof. Dr. Mohyuddin Hashimi. As a project, it was funded by Higher Education Commission Pakistan and became a joint venture of HEC & Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad. In 2018, Its sole responsibility was given to AIOU Islamabad. Now It is being operated by Department of Islamic Thought History & Culture, Faculty of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Mohyuddin Hashimi.
IRI index the research journals published in the discipline of Islamic Studies especially in Urdu and Arabic Language. It provides A & I Services to those journals which fulfill the required criteria of selection i.e., ISSN No., Abstract, Research Based Editorial Board, dedicated website etc. IRI holds all the journals record in its office and presents all indexed record at online platform iri.aiou.edu.pk, whereas Its record also available in central library at AIOU in hard form.
Today it is imperative for a research journal to be presented in relevant online search system for getting its due place in the academic world. With the dawn of the electronic era, hundreds of online abstracting and indexing services have been established in almost every major academic language of the world but unfortunately for the journals published in Urdu and Arabic languages, there are no sufficient availability of such A & I services even in native countries of these languages.