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Religion and Society

A forum for inter-religious studies in Amman

Established in Amman in 1994 under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) provides the Arab and Islamic worlds with a forum for the interdisciplinary study of religions and of the interaction of religions, cultures and civilisations.



Special emphasis is laid on the Christian contribution to Arab/Islamic civilisation down the ages and to the importance of preserving religious and cultural diversity.


The work of the RIIFS is carried out within the framework of two programmes: the Arabic-language Programme, which concentrates upon research, documentation and publishing (in Arabic) and monitors the media; and the English-language Programme, which focuses on the publication of reference works and a refereed academic journal, seeks to place the Arab world in the broader international context, and promotes the creation of ties with interested parties around the world.


Through its work and activities, the RIIFS hopes to inspire individuals and communities and to endow them with the capacity to contribute actively toward the construction of a better world for all.


For further information about the RIIFS visit the web site