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Iffat al thunayan arabic 1916 17 february 2000 also spelled effat was the most prominent wife of king faisalshe is sometimes called queen iffat emira iffat or princess iffatshe is known for her efforts on the improvement of saudi education she was the founder of taif model school and the first girls college in saudi arabia. Joseph a kechichian senior fellow at the king faisal center for research and islamic studies in riyadh saudi arabia a politically conscious spouse queen iffat played the leading role in sa . Iffat al thunayan spouse of the late king faysal bin abdul aziz al saud r 1964 1975 was a pillar of the ruling al saud family born and raised in istanbul to an uprooted saudi family she returned to the kingdom in 1932 a few months before the founder ruler abdul aziz bin abdul rahman reinstituted the monarchy. As queen to saudi arabias king faisal until his assassination in 1975 and trusted by her brothers in law who succeeded him iffat al thunayan influenced the internal dynamics and public