Welcome - Introduction to KAICIID
The KAICIID Dialogue Centre (King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) was founded to enable, empower and encourage dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures around the world. Located in Vienna, the Centre is an independent, autonomous, international organisation, free of political or economic influence.
The Founding States of the Centre (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Austria and Kingdom of Spain) constitute the “Council of Parties” responsible for overseeing the work of the Centre; the Holy See is admitted as a Founding Observer to the Centre.
The Board of Directors comprises high-level representatives of the major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and cultures. The Centre is headed by a Secretary General. An Advisory Forum of up to 100 members of other religions, cultural institutions and international organisations will provide a further resource of interreligious and intercultural perspective.
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Dear followers of different religions,
We are all shaped by our respective histories – but this does not mean that we should summarily dismiss the histories of others. We can learn from past mistakes to find ways to dispel the myths, prejudices and misconceptions that have divided people and led to violence and conflict for too long.
It is my profound belief that, with your help, this Centre can become a place of leadership and applied learning; a place where candid dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures can flourish so that we can value and cherish the richness of our diversity and live together as good neighbours.
Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar
This KAICIID Corporate Video provides a documentary-style overview of the Journey to KAICIID.