The King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies (KFCIAAS) was created as an academic unit of Mindanao State University to serve as a vehicle for promoting Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Muslim areas Southern Philippines. It was first established as an ancillary department of the then College of Liberal Arts in 1971 which was named as Institute of Asian Islamic (Arabic) Studies. In October 1973, by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 418, the institute was formally separated from the College of Liberal Arts as a separate college name Institute of Asian and Islamic (Arabic) Studies. The institute was mandated to offer a bachelor’s degree in Islamic (Arabic) Studies (AB-IAS). This separation was significant as it marked the existence of the Institute as the first government institute in the country which is mandated to offer Islamic (Arabic) studies.
In March 1974, the college was renamed as King Faisal Institute of Islamic (Arabic) Studies in recognition of the deep concerned of His Majesty the late King Faisal bin Abdel Azis of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
On June 3, 1976, the Institute was elevated into a center by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 1064 and was renamed King Faisal Center of Islamic and Arabic Studies or more appropriately, King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies.
Philosophy and Vision
As an academic unit of Mindanao State University, the King Faisal Center of Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies is likewise committed to the philosophy of the total development of man, the molding of an insane alkaamil (real man) or a homo Islamicus (Islamic Man) who is able to balance his material progress with spiritual prosperity.
The Center therefore, not only seeks to propagate the idea of balanced development through integrated knowledge, but also aspires to serve as the soul and conscience of the University being a lead institution in pursuing academic excellence and moral uprightness so as to build real men through quality instructions, research and extension services.
Goals and Objectives
The KFCIAAS was created as an academic unit of Mindanao State University with the primary mission of promoting Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Muslim areas of Southern Philippines and of helping to achieve the goal of national integration and peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in the region.
Specifically, the Center seeks to achieve the following: