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Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies

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  • المعهد الملكي للدراسات الدينية‏

    • PO Box 830562, Amman 11183, Jordan
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Defuse tensions and promote peace, regionally and globally; promote 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.


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.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.

IRD Activities

  • Amman Message

    RIIFS has concluded the implementation of the 2-year "Promotion of the Amman Message Project" (2012-2014). The Project aimed to promote the Amman Message in order to contribute to good governance, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to counter the root causes of terrorism and violence. In addition to seeking common ground, the project aimed to build awareness and understanding to enable the appreciation and acceptance of living with difference. It further sought to raise the profile of the humanitarian, civilised role of Islam, while promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue and creating platforms for discussion between different communities and audiences

  • The Head of the Jordanian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures (ALF)

    As the National Head of Network, RIIFS engages civil society network members in organising activities within the framework of ALF's 4D strategy: Dialogue, Democracy, Development and Diversity. The main events included General Consultation Meetings with network members, at least two capacity-building activities, and the annual Common Action, “Alwan Baladna”, which involved ALF civil society organisation members in order to translate the action into sustainable, far-reaching and permanent actions

  • Leaders for Interreligious Understanding (LIU)

    RIIFS joined LIU programme at the end of 2015 along with Adyan Foundation and The Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue – Lebanon, The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services – Egypt and Danmission – Denmark. LIU program is an integrative and cross-cultural approach of dialogue and formation offered to young professionals in the fields of politics, media, religion, education and civil society from Arab and Danish societies. The LIU program is offered to young professionals from Europe and the Arab world (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Denmark) representing different professional fields: media, religion, politics, education and civil society. It is based on the combination between e-learning and seminars

  • Annah Lindh Foundation - Jordanian Network

    Under the umbrella of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS), appointed Head of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November 2010, Anna Lindh Foundation – Jordanian Networkengages the members, which currently exceeds 100 members, in consultation with the Steering Committee, in organizing activities that are consistent with ALF’s strategy. The goal is to promote acceptance of pluralism and cultural diversity, mutual respect among societies, religions and beliefs and the acknowledgment of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Jordanian network considered by the Foundation the liveliest network among all in the South of the Mediterranean. It organizes activities with key civil society organization members, mainly youth organizations, in Jordan taking the work done locally on the grassroot level to the Euromed regional level.

  • Main Focus Countries of Activities

    Northern Africa - South-Western Asia - Northern Africa - South-Western Asia - Egypt - Lebanon - Syria - Jordan - Denmark - Jordan - Amman - Europe -