IRCICA, a subsidiary of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, undertakes activities relating to research, publishing, documentation and the dissemination of information to better make known the Islamic culture and civilisation and to promote mutual understanding between Muslim nations and other communities throughout the world. The Centre's work covers various subject areas in Islamic history, culture, history of science, arts, history of art and cultural heritage.

From the beginning of its activities in 1980 until 2005, IRCICA published approximately 100 editions of books in various languages resulting from its research projects.