Under the auspices of HRH Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, the contract of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Makkah Historical Studies was signed at his office with Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) on 23rd of Rabee' al-Awwal, 1432H, corresponding to 26th Fe. This was done under the supervision of the University of Umm Al-Qura and its venue is the Center for the Mecca and Medina History in Mecca.
This signing was attended by the Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Khaled bin Mohammed Al-Ankari, Secretary of King Abdulaziz Foundation, Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Alsamari, President of Umm Al-Qura University, Dr. Bakri bin Maatouq Assas and the UQU Vice-President for Cognitive and Creative Work, Dr. Nabil bin Abdulkader Koshk.
President of Umm Al-Qurra University contended the approval and sponsorship of HRH Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz of the chair, ensuring that this care and interest express his love for Mecca and his affection towards it, that he is keen to authenticate Mecca historically, in addition to his interest in history and support of historical studies, especially the history of Mecca, Kaaba, the Sanctuary and the Holy Sites.
For his part, the Vice-President for Cognitive and Creative Work pointed out that the chair costing SAR 5 Mio will last for 5 years. It will be – Allah willing – complementary to the role of Mecca History Center and King Abdulaziz Foundation in serving national and Islamic history. Moreover, the partnership of King Abdualziz Foundation with Umm Al-Qura University in the chair of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for Makkah Historical Studies is envisaged to give fresh air the historical and intellectual momentum, and inspire the elucidation of great values in the history of our great Kingdom in particular, and the history of the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic history in general, as well as the beacon of guidance and light: Makkah.
On the other hand, Dr. Abdullah bin Hussein Alsherif, supervisor of the Chair, stated that the chair aims to serve and shed light on the history of Makkah, support scientific research, strengthen historic intellect, validate the sources of Meccan history, translate books and publish materials categorized under Meccan history. Moreover, the chair is envisioned to serve as a link between academics and researchers in the department of history in UQU and Center for the Makkah and Madinah History in Makkah, complementing the roe of the Center and a partner of the Foundation in serving national history.
One of the objectives outlined for the chair, Al-Sherif added, is to make research and consulting partnerships with scientific centers, government and private entities in the chair’s areas of specialization. That is to be added to developing partnerships and scientific activities of relevance to Meccan history, as well as supporting graduate students in the department of history and researchers in the history of Makkah. Over and above, the Chair seeks to contribute to the works of the Hajj and the Two Sanctuaries’ encyclopedia and enriching the scientific role of the university in serving society and enhancing the community role in supporting effective research, in addition to directing research towards serving society by studying historic issues and participating in solving issues and directing historic research towards exploring the past, serving the present and foreseeing the future.
Dr. Al-Sherif pointed out that the chair will include lectures and holding seminars on the history of Makkah, along with publishing theses and manuscripts of Meccan history, validate, translate and publish foreign and Arab material in the same area, aside from studies and research projects.