Al al-Bayt University is a public educational institations of an Arab and Islamic nature, It aims to:
°Form the rounded Muslim personality that is attuned to its environment and to the civilisation of the modern world by combining and harmonising modern scientific knowledge and methodology in teaching, and the requirements of belief and clarity of vision.
°Acquaint the Muslim not only with his own culture, but with the numerous cultures of the world, in order that he/she may place his/her own culture in the context of different cultures and identify the role he/she may play to enrich modern civilization with elements derived from his/her own background.
°Activate Muslim participation in all fields of modern life without any debilitating sense of alienation or isolation, and to strengthen the Muslim′s ability to communicate with other people in an atmosphere of tolerance and friendliness.
°Deepen the values of freedom of thought and expression, and of tolerance and co-existence based on dialogue and mutual understanding.
°Present the true image of Islam as a way of life that does not seek imposing itself on others.
°Purify Islam of all secret intentions entrained by individuals or groups and of attempts at achieving sectarian, factional, or individual advantages.
Teach Islam through persuasion and understanding, not preaching and proselytising.
°Teach the various sciences that can promote the mission of the University, with a view to preparing the Muslim both scientifically and religiously.
°Give special attention to scientific in particular Arab and Islamic affairs.
On August 17, 1992 (18 Safar 1413 H), a Royal Decree was issued ordaining the establishment of Al al-Bayt University. As stated in the Royal Message, the University is to meet an urgent need for a new kind of university; one that combines the requirements of scientific methodology in teaching and research, on one hand, and the requirements of belief and clarity of vision on the other, thus,creating harmony between the rounded personality of the Muslim and his new environment.
The University is also intended to uphold the principles of freedom, justice, tolerance, respect of other people′s beliefs and faiths, and co-existence. On December 16, 1992 (21 Jumada II 1413 H), another Royal Decree was issued approving the formation of Al al-Bayt Special Royal Committee, under the chairmanship of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hassan, and the membership of a selected high-standing scholars and intellectuals from Jordan and other parts of the Islamic world. The main task of this committee was to lay the foundation of the University, and to submit its decisions on operational and administrative issues to his Majesty the King for his final approval/decision.
The Royal Decree pertaining to the appointment of the first President of Al al-Bayt University was issued on May 22, 1993 (1 Thu al-Hujja 1414 H). Immediately thereafter, a number of administrative, academic and technical committees were set up to carry out the mission of establishing the University, each in accordance to its assigned responsibilities.
After completing its infrastructure, recruiting distinguished faculty members, and defining its courses and programmes, the University was ready to receive its first group of students on October 1, 1994.
Under the patronage of His Majesty King Hussein, and the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hassan, Al al-Bayt University was officially inaugurated on March 6, 1995 (6 Ramadan 1415 H).
Since the establishment of the University, the area has been transformed into an Oasis in the Desert through the implementation of new schemes of plantation, combating desertification and preserving the indigenous species. Water harvesting in this arid area has proven to be successful.
(last updated: 07-December-2002)
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