King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

This is a summary page about the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) by the King Faisal Foundation. For the latest and most detailed information, please visit the official website of the KFCRIS (kfcris.com/en)

ABOUT KFCRIS

Since its establishment in 1983/1403AH, the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) has undertaken a variety of missions aligned with the King Faisal Foundation’s vision “To Serve Islam and People of Peace.” The Center upholds the mission of the late King Faisal (may God have mercy on him) to transmit knowledge between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world, serving as a leading academic, intellectual and cultural hub. The Center’s main role is to provide a knowledge platform, bringing together local, regional, and global researchers and research organizations to produce original research in the humanities and social sciences and engage in intellectual discussion and intercultural dialogue. Moreover, its activities are not limited to research, but the Center fulfills diverse roles such as a publishing house, library, archives, and museum.

Vision

To be a wellspring of academic, intellectual, and cultural knowledge for humanity
 

Message

To enrich the local and global academic and cultural scenes with original research, excellent resources, and unique experiences

Values

To disseminate knowledge, facilitate academic research, and preserve our human heritage

King Faisal’s devotion to serving Islam and its civilizational heritage was a hallmark of his life. The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) was established out of deep respect for the principles of our father and with the aim of serving the culture and knowledge of Islam. The early Muslims achieved great scientific advancement, demonstrated high technical capabilities, harnessed technologies, and implemented innovative methods and arrangements in fields such as literature, philosophy, architecture, art, music, and the sciences. The establishment of the KFCRIS represents an important link connecting contemporary generations to their ancestors’ unprecedented civilizational achievements, familiarizing new generations with the legacy of the past and making them fully appreciate their own cultural identity. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) called on all Muslims to strive for the sake of knowledge, saying: “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” We aim, through the Center’s library, its rare manuscripts, exhibitions, and lectures, at providing young generations with ways to acquire knowledge. The Center is proud of the role it plays in preserving Islamic heritage, raising awareness of it, and encouraging researchers to persist in treading the path of disseminating knowledge paved by their ancestors in the age of the Islamic Renaissance. The Center is a pulpit proclaiming the greatness of Arab-Islamic culture. If the Center, through its role, can stimulate and encourage seekers of knowledge to persevere and further exert themselves, and if it can succeed in disseminating knowledge to ever greater numbers of people, it will have achieved its desired goal.

IN THE WORDS OF PRINCE TURKI ALFAISAL

Chairman of Board of Directors
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
King Faisal’s devotion to Islam and its traditions were hallmarks of his life. King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies was born out of respect for our father’s strong beliefs, and the significance we attach to Islamic culture and learning. Early Muslims were acclaimed for their advanced scholarship and sophisticated artistic abilities. They mastered techniques and innovated methods in an outstanding range of disciplines, including literature, philosophy, architecture, art, music, and sciences. Islam inspired a sense of unity and purpose, unleashing collective and individual creativity, as well as a thirst for knowledge. Today we are blessed with the rich fruits of these talents and intellectual journeys. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) extolled his followers to read and learn: “The seeking of knowledge is incumbent upon all Muslims.” Through our libraries, rare manuscripts, exhibitions, and lectures, we seek to provide paths along which succeeding generations can claim the legacy of learning. King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies takes pride in preserving and promoting Islamic heritage and in encouraging research so that these traditions can continue. The Center is a forum for the eloquent statement of Arab-Islamic culture. If, as a result, scholars are influenced and inspired, and if valuable knowledge comes to light and is imparted to a wide audience, our objectives will have been achieved.

IN THE WORDS OF PRINCE TURKI ALFAISAL

Chairman of Board of Directors
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

The Center works to enrich these different fields

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Research

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Publication

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Library

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Museum

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Faisal Archives

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Events

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Cooperation for Film

Research

At the end of 2021, the Center’s Research Department hosted

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Research Programs

Visiting Fellowship Program

The Center’s Visiting Fellowship Program was established in 1999/2000 with the aim to help facilitate research projects of professional and doctoral scholars from both inside and outside the Kingdom.

Over the past two decades, the Center has accepted over 500 Visiting Fellows from more than 50 countries.

Visiting Fellowship Program

The Center’s Visiting Fellowship Program was established in 1999/2000 with the aim to help facilitate research projects of professional and doctoral scholars from both inside and outside the Kingdom. Over the past two decades, the Center has accepted over 500 Visiting Fellows from more than 50 countries.

Publications

Research Papers

The Center’s Research Department currently hosts 5 active series of research papers.

Dirasat

A research paper longer than 5,000 words

Qira’at

A research paper on humanities subjects longer than 5,000 words

Special Reports

An analysis longer than 2,000 words

Commentaries

An analysis between 1,500 and 2,000 words

Africa Follow-ups

A regular update on African affairs

Books

KFCRIS publishes books through its publishing arm Al-Faisal Cultural House. Currently books are published under 6 different categories: General Books, Al-Faisal Family Series, Heritage Studies Series, History of Arabian Peninsula Series, Translated Books, and English Books.

The Library ​

Since its establishment in 1985, the King Faisal Center Library has been considered one of the most important research-oriented libraries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, being known for its valuable collections of resources in the field of humanities, most of which have been digitalized
General Collections
Around 200,000 book titles; Around 5,000 periodicals; Around 30,000 university theses; Around 20,000 audiovisual materials
Special Collections
Over 28,500 titles of original manuscripts; Over 140,000 titles of photographed manuscripts, including over 15,000 copies obtained from British Library & over 8,000 copies obtained from National Library of France

Faisal Family Archives

Faisal Family Archives (Dārat Āl Faiṣal) was founded in 2011 as an official source and provider of information about the history of late King Faisal and his family, which represents an integral part of the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To achieve this goal, the entity aims to collect all materials related to late King Faisal and his family, ranging from documents and print materials to photographs and audiovisual materials, both inside and outside the Kingdom. It also preserves their speeches, interviews, and press conferences, made at different stages of their life and their journeys serving Islam and the nation.

Prince Saud documentary

The Archives also helps KFCRIS produce audiovisual contents focused on King Faisal and his family. A recent example is a 4-hour documentary on late Prince Saud AlFaisal (1940–2015), the Saudi Kingdom’s Foreign Minister between 1975 and 2015, which was aired by MBC in 2019. It reveals the life of late Prince Saud through interviews with around 40 individuals who know Prince very well, such as his brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, close friends, colleagues, and diplomatic counterparts including James Baker, Amr Moussa, Nabil Elaraby, Amine Gemayel, and Salam Fayyad, as well as many incumbent and previous foreign ministers of other GCC states and the Secretary-Generals of the GCC.

Al-Faisal Museum for Arab-Islamic Art

Al-Faisal Museum for Arab-Islamic Art showcases collections owned and preserved by KFCRIS. The Museum preserves human heritage and enriches academic and cultural scenes by providing its visitors with a space and resources to find inspiration, delve into the past, and broaden their horizons, as well as encouraging a dialogue between scholars, intellectuals, artists, designers, and anyone with an inquisitive mind.

Permanent Gallery

The Permanent Gallery on the 1st floor displays the collection of Arab-Islamic arts preserved by the KFCRIS under the title “A Narrative of Arab-Islamic Civilization.” The gallery was renovated and reopened in February 2022.


The exhibition provides visitors with a unique cultural experience by showcasing 36 rare old manuscripts preserved by KFCRIS, which are carefully chosen from the Center’s collection of more than 28,500 manuscripts. The exhibition runs until February 2023.

Online Exhibition “Wahj: Adornment of the Page”

This exhibition, which was held at the Al-Faisal Museum between February 2019 and January 2021, is now viewable online. It displays 60 items of the different types of decorated manuscripts preserved by KFCRIS.


Permanent Gallery

The Permanent Gallery on the 1st floor displays the collection of Arab-Islamic arts preserved by the KFCRIS under the title “A Narrative of Arab-Islamic Civilization.” The gallery was renovated and reopened in February 2022.

Exhibition “Asfār: Treasures of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies”

The exhibition provides visitors with a unique cultural experience by showcasing 36 rare old manuscripts preserved by KFCRIS, which are carefully chosen from the Center’s collection of more than 28,500 manuscripts. The exhibition runs until February 2023.

Online Exhibition “Wahj: Adornment of the Page”

This exhibition, which was held at the Al-Faisal Museum between February 2019 and January 2021, is now viewable online. It displays 60 items of the different types of decorated manuscripts preserved by KFCRIS.

Events

650+ research events (lectures, panel discussions, seminars, workshops, conferences etc.) have been hosted by KFCRIS between 1986 and 2021, which were delivered and attended by distinguished people from the Kingdom and the world.

Examples of the important research events

1987

“The Ethics of the Scholars and its Impact on the Nation” - Abdulaziz Bin Baz

1987

“The Experience of Islamic Banks” – Prince Mohammad Alfaisal, Mohammad AlRashid, Fayez AlHabib

1989

“Islamic Swedish Relations over the Centuries” - Bengt Knutsson

1990

“The Migration of the Soviet Jews and the Information Issue in the Islamic World” – Abdulwahhab Al Meseiri

1994

“Islamic Brain Drain and its Role in Building Civilizations” – Faruk AlBaz & Ahmad AlKadi

1996

“Faisal: The Human King” – HRH Prince Mohammad AlFaisal

1997

“Muslims’ Role in Building Human Civilization in Law” - Maarouf al-Dawalibi

1999

“The New Technologies of Apple Macintosh – Al Jeraisy Est.” – Motaz Mohammad Hasan

2001

“The History of Palestine” - Thomas Thompson

2004

“Addressing Poverty: Issue and Solutions” - Ali Al-Namlah

2006

Peace in the Middle East" – Wajid Khan

2010

Humanitarian International Law and Human Rights in a Changing Global Security Environment” – Mauricio Merino

2013

“The Second Obama Term in the Middle East” - Joseph Kéchichian

2015

“Dictatorship’s Impact between Arab and Western Thoughts” – Mohammad AlKhosht

2018

"Yemen Post-Ali Abdullah Saleh" - Khalid Bahah

2019

“Private Sector and Vision 2020” – Khulud AlDakheel

2020

“Strategic Changes in the Middle East and the Saudi-US Relations” – workshop

2021

"Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic" - Narges Bajoghl

Born a King

The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) cooperated for the making of a well-known movie “Born a King” (Arabic: Wulida Malikan). This film, co-produced by Celtic Films and Arena Audiovisual and was released in 2019, illuminates young Prince Faisal’s diplomatic mission to London in 1919 where he met the key figures of the British Empire, such as Winston Churchill and Lord Curzon, as well as King George V, on behalf of his father Abdulaziz, then-Emir of Najd, when he was only 13 years old. The film was screened at VOX Cinemas in Saudi Arabia, as well as in other countries in the Gulf region, becoming a cornerstone in the emerging Saudi entertainment field following the lift of the ban on commercial theatres after four decades in the previous year. The filming for this movie took place both in the UK and Saudi Arabia (Dir’iyah). In Saudi Arabia, the KFCRIS assisted the production team in multiple ways. It helped the team in contacting and working with the authorities and facilitated the issuance of visas. It also advised the team on the designs of historic costumes appearing in the film. Finally, it organized a premiere and a press conference prior to its commercial release in the Kingdom, which was attended by HRH Prince Turki AlFaisal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the KFCRIS. The KFCRIS considers the movie as conducive to its mission to preserve, and increase awareness of, the legacies of late King Faisal.

This is a summary page about the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) by the King Faisal Foundation. For the latest and most detailed information, please visit the official website of the KFCRIS (kfcris.com/en)