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The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies

The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) was established in 1994 in Amman, Jordan, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal. RIIFS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides a venue for the interdisciplinary study of intercultural and interreligious issues with the aim of defusing tensions and promoting peace, regionally and globally. 

We live in a troubled world that is in need of deeper mutual understanding between diverse religions and cultures. RIIFS focuses on promoting common human and ethical values that contribute to strengthening cooperation and interfaith relations, eliminating mutual misconceptions about the ‘other’ and ultimately expanding these shared commonalities in the hope of promoting peaceful coexistence. 

Since its inception in 1994, RIIFS has evolved from a centre for the study of Muslim-Christian relations in the Arab world to an interdisciplinary institution, covering all fields of the humanities and social sciences that deal with cultural and civilizational interaction. 

RIIFS is governed by a Board of Trustees, chaired by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, an internationally renowned advocate of interfaith dialogue since the 1970s. The RIIFS Director is His Excellency Mr. Michel Hamarneh.


The work of RIIFS involves research and publication, as well as the organization of events, such as conferences, workshops and lectures. 

In October 2012, RIIFS embarked on a two-year project entitled “Promotion of the Amman Message” during which RIIFS will be conducting a large number of activities, locally, regionally and internationally, with the aim of promoting the ‘Amman Message’ through research, conferences and symposia, training programs and publication. 

RIIFS has been the Head of the Jordanian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures (ALF) since 2011. As the National Head of Network, RIIFS engages civil society network members in organizing activities within the framework of ALF’s 4D strategy: Dialogue, Democracy, Development, and Diversity. 

The RIIFS Arabic Publications Program focuses on the study and documentation of all subjects pertaining to Christianity and Muslim-Christian relations. Its biannual academic journal, Muqābasāt Hadāriya, features essays and articles in Arabic that focus on religious, cultural and civilizational issues. The RIIFS online publication, Al-Nashra, provides a forum for the discussion of interfaith issues, particularly as they relate to Arab and Islamic societies.

The RIIFS English Publications Program addresses questions relating to religious and cultural diversity in the world at large. Its annual publication, the Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (BRIIFS), is an academic journal refereed by internationally known scholars. BRIIFS is intended to provide a venue for interdisciplinary academic inquiry into all fields of the humanities and social sciences that bear on cultural or civilizational interaction and to situate culture contact in a global context.

RIIFS further invites scholars, on a selective basis, from Arab countries and abroad, as visiting research associates, to involve them in the work of the institute.