Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University

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Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU)
جامعة الإمام محمد بن سعود الإسلامية
Jāmaat Al-Imam Mohammad bin Saud Al-Islamiyah
Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.svg
Type Public
Established 1974
Rector Dr. Sulaiman ibn Abdullah Abalkhail
Academic staff
Students 100,000+
Location Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University (Arabic: جامعة الإمام محمد بن سعود الإسلامية‎) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was founded in 1953.[1] In 1974, it was granted university status by royal decree.[2] The university houses 10 faculties. It currently has more than 24,000 students and 1,300 faculty.[3] It has intermediate and secondary Islamic institutes in major cities of Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Djibouti and Japan.[4] The university as a cultural and intellectual institution aims to promote knowledge offering undergraduate as well as postgraduate studies. One of the most important aims is to promote translating and publishing as the university has its own print house. Moreover, the university achieves its goals within the Islamic Shari'a.[4]


Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University was founded in 1974.[5]

The university library is the Prince Sultan Library For Science and Knowledge. The library was founded in 1952, and was shared with a variety of schools in the city. In 1975, the Deanship of Library Affairs was created to maintain the library.[5] The library is a partner of the World Digital Library.[6]


The university is organized into eleven colleges. The eleven colleges focus on: Shari'ah, Islam, Arabic language, social sciences, advocacy and media studies, language and translation, computer science and information science, economics and administrative sciences, formal science, medicine, and engineering. The University is home to the Institute of Translation and Arabization, a facility dedicated to the translation of Arabic texts to foreign languages, and translation of foreign language texts into Arabic (Arabization).[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The university publishes a newspaper named Mir'at al-Jami`ah (Arabic: مرآة الجامعة‎) (English: University Mirror).

Sports and traditions[edit]

Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University has a soccer team and a stadium.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable staff[edit]


  1. ^ "Imam University". Bakkah. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University". ICU. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Imam Muhammad bin Saud University". SAMIRAD. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "جامعة الامام محمد بن سعود الاسلامية". Ministry of Higher Education. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b "About Us". Deanship of Library Affairs. Prince Sultan Library for Science and Knowledge. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Partners". About the World Digital Library. World Digital Library. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Institute of Translation and Arabization".[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 24°29′09″N 46°25′29″E / 24.485895°N 46.424742°E / 24.485895; 46.424742