The workshop on “Common Values in Facing Extremist Thought” was launched in Amman this morning, Friday 16 December 2016. It is organized by the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, with the participation of a number of youths from various governorates, representing a number of organizations.
Dr. Majeda Omar, Director of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, said in the opening session that “the environment which sponsors extremism of diverse forms is in reality an environment that is opposed to human values and dialogue between cultures which focuses on shared values and dialogue between the adherents of religions that is based upon mutual respect and recognition of the other.”

AMMAN — By Rula Samain (The Jordan Times)


Peacemaking should be at the heart of the mindset working to counter the spread of violence in the Middle East and the world, participants said at a conference that concluded on Thursday.

AMMAN — The Jordan Times

The “Peacebuilding in Jordan” conference, co-organised by the Royal Institute for Inter-faith Studies and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), opened on Wednesday in Amman.

By Rula Samain (The Jordan Times)

AMMAN — Culture provides security and the base of human solidarity as well as social justice and acceptance of the other, according to HRH Prince Hassan.

Speaking at the launch of an online Arabic version of the Adyan religious dictionary on Thursday, Prince Hassan, who chairs the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS), said that adhering to cultural independence helps Arab minds accept and respect the other, and eventually leads to coexistence.

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of RIIFS, presided over the ceremony of signing the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between RIIFS and the Sheikh Nahyan Center for Arabic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at the University of Balamand (UOB).

By Rula Samain
AMMAN — Established in 1994, the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) has been working for decades to achieve HRH Prince Hassan’s vision of religious pluralism and interfaith harmony, according to its director.
RIIFS Director Majeda Omar said Prince Hassan first initiated dialogue between adherents of different faiths in the 1970s.
“Imagine how the world would have been if the call for dialogue was as active forty years ago,” she said, adding that the prince’s vision extended beyond Jordan to include the whole region.

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies (RIIFS) met yesterday (Sunday, June 12), the Chairman and members of the Amman Group for Future Dialogues. The meeting witnessed a discussion about various intellectual, economic and social issues. 

In the encounter, His Highness said that “when we speak about values, I mention that there is a word in the Arabic language which has witnessed diminished importance, namely shame, which is a part of faith, and which is in turn a basic part of our narrative.” He added, “I wish that we would embark on speaking with faith, morality, knowledge and work.”

Amman – The Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies and the Higher Council for Science and Technology organized a function launching the book entitled “El Hassan Bin Talal: The Story of an Arab Prince” authored by Dr. Muslih Najjar. The event took place under the patronage of HRH Princess Rahma Bint El Hassan. 

Her Highness said in a speech, “El Hassan Bin Talal is my father, but he is equally the father of millions of Jordanians, for he taught us that work and knowledge are two sides of a single coin, and that the homeland flourishes with love.”

Human dignity must be the highest priority above all else, HRH Prince Hassan, the chairman of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies’ (RIIFS) board of trustees, has said.

In remarks at a recent interfaith meeting in the Vatican on the theme “Shared values in Social and Political Life”, organised by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Prince Hassan said instilling the concept of citizenship must emanate from “our identity” and extend to encompass the human values of pluralism and respect. 

Amman 24 April (Petra)- Two workshops completed their deliberation on “Citizenship the Incubator of Cultural and Religious Diversity” which were organized by the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies and the El Hassan Youth Award in partnership with the Lebanese Adyan Foundation with the participation of 35 individuals. 

The Director of the Institute, Dr. Majeda Omar said in the ceremony of distributing certificates to the participants, that the holding of these two training workshops in Amman on “The Incubating Citizenship” emerges as an emphasis on the significance of partnership between the institutions concerned with spreading this concept, based on the success achieved by Adyan Foundation in Lebanon in the adoption by the Ministry of Education of the citizenship paradigm as the incubator of religious and cultural diversity whereby it becomes a party of the Curriculum.”