Abdullah Al-Ansari, Saudi Ministry of Interior adviser

Abdullah Al-Ansari
Updated 24 May 2019

Abdullah Al-Ansari, Saudi Ministry of Interior adviser

  • Al-Ansari has also served as the director-general of legal affairs and international cooperation at the ministry
  • Al-Ansari got his bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah in 1990

Abdullah Al-Ansari has been an adviser at the Ministry of Interior since December 2018.

He has also served as the director-general of legal affairs and international cooperation at the ministry, and was a board member of the Human Rights Commission from 2009 to 2015.

Al-Ansari got his bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah in 1990, his master’s in Islamic jurisprudence from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah in 1997, and a second master’s, in comparative law, from Harvard in 2000. He has a doctorate specializing in national security laws, international law, comparative law, and human rights from the University of Virginia.

He served as an assistant professor in the Department of Islamic Studies at King Abdul Aziz University from 2009 to 2010, and was a senior fellow specializing in legal affairs and the affairs of Arab countries and the Gulf in the Arabian Peninsula & Gulf Studies Program at the University of Virginia from 2007 to 2010.

Al-Ansari has been a Shoura Council member since December 2016. He has written publications and published research covering law, human rights and combating extremism and terrorism.

He recently led the Saudi delegation at the 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Geneva. He presented a review of the Kingdom’s efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice.

The commission heard that the Kingdom’s security services had uncovered and disrupted active terrorist cells across the country. The delegation said the Kingdom continued to lay the foundations for a long-term strategy to defeat extremism.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.