RIIFS is governed by a board of trustees chaired by His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal. It is funded by an annual grant from the government of Jordan, as well as by private donations and grants from outside funding agencies for specific projects. The full-time staff totals thirteen, including management, senior staff, and support staff. The work of RIIFS involves research and publication, and the organization of conferences, workshops and lectures. RIIFS frequently cooperates with other institutions to organize international academic conferences and workshops, to host scholars, to perform research and issue publications, both journals and reference books.
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Established in 1994 in Amman, Jordan, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides a venue in the Arab world for the interdisciplinary study and rational discussion of intercultural and interreligious issues. RIIFS focuses on promoting common human and ethical values that contribute to strengthening cooperation and interfaith relations, eliminating mutual misconceptions about the ‘other’ and expanding shared commonalities among followers of diverse religions and cultures, regionally and globally.
1. The Promotion of the ‘Amman Message’ Project Funded by the European Union and contracted by the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, RIIFS is currently implementing the “Promotion of the ‘Amman Message’ Project,” the first initiative of its kind in the Arab world. Launched in September 2012, this two-year project aims to develop and establish a multi-leveled discourse that tackles diverse dimensions of religious conflict, amongst Muslims on the one hand, and between Muslims and non-Muslims on the other. The project is being implemented by RIIFS locally, regionally and internationally through research, conferences and symposia, training programs and publications.
2. MA Program in Religion and Culture RIIFS is currently in the process of establishing a graduate Program in Religion and Culture granting an MA degree accredited by Yarmouk University in Jordan. The program is designed for graduate students from Jordan, the Arab region and abroad, coming from a variety of disciplines, who wish to enrich their knowledge of the role of religions in contemporary societies. This program is very much in line with RIIFS’s vision of fostering deeper mutual understanding between the followers of different faiths. In addition to the MA program, a Certificate Program will also conduct training courses targeting teachers and preachers of religion, designed in cooperation with the Ministries of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Education and Higher Education, as well as other relevant Jordanian institutions.
3. As Head of the Jordanian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Since November 2010 RIIFS engages the Jordanian civil society organization members, activists and youth, in consultation with the Steering Committee, in organizing activities that are consistent with ALF's strategy. It also represents the network members in the main international ALF events. The goal is to promote acceptance of pluralism, cultural diversity, mutual respect among societies, religions and beliefs and the acknowledgment of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the Euro-Med region. RIIFS has established an outstanding track record as National Head of Network in the South.