HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal
Chairman, Board of Directors,
King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies
King Faisal's devotion to Islam and its traditions were hallmarks of his life. King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies was born out of respect for our father's strong beliefs and because of 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 the sciences.
Islam inspired a sense of unity and purpose, unleashing collective and individual creativity and 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 Centre for Research and Islamic Studies takes pride in preserving and promoting Islamic heritage and in encouraging research so these traditions can continue. The Centre 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.