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Zein al Sharaf Talal

Hussein of Jordan

Prince Hassan bin Talal 2008 Peace Prize Recipient Prince El Hassan bin Talal

20 March 1947 (age 77) Amman, Jordan (

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Zein al-Sharaf Talal, Talal of Jordan

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Prince Hassan bin Talal (Arabic: الحسن بن طلال‎‎, born 20 March 1947) is a member of the Jordanian royal family.


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Prince Hassan is the third son of King Talal and Queen Zein al-Sharaf, brother of King Hussein and uncle of King Abdullah II.

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In 1968, Prince El Hassan married Sarvath Ikramullah, daughter of the politician and diplomat Mohammed Ikramullah, and female politician, diplomat and Urdu author, Begum Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah. Both her parents from prominent Bengali families born in then British India. They first met in London in 1958, when they were both youngsters and have four children together:

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  • Princess Rahma (born 13 August 1969)
  • Princess Sumaya (born 14 May 1971)
  • Princess Badiya (born 28 March 1974)
  • Prince Rashid (born 20 May 1979)
  • Education

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    Prince Hassan was educated first in Amman. He then attended Summer Fields School, Oxford, and Harrow School in England, then Christ Church, a college of the University of Oxford, where he graduated BA with Honours in Oriental Studies and later proceeded to MA. Hassan is fluent in Arabic, English, French and German. He has a working knowledge of Turkish and Spanish, and studied Hebrew at university.


    In 1965 Hassan was named as Crown Prince of Jordan after the constitution was amended. He was frequently regent during his brother's absences from the country. During Hussein's final illness in January 1999, he was replaced by his nephew Abdullah only days before the king died. Abdullah subsequently inherited the throne of Jordan.

    In 2009, he joined the project "Soldiers of Peace", a movie against all wars and for global peace.

    On 10 June 2013, he was appointed as the chairman of advisory board on water and sanitation (UNSGAB) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


    The following includes some of the organizations that Prince Hassan belongs to and/or founded.

    Member of the:

  • Global Leadership Foundation, an organization which works to support democratic leadership, prevent and resolve conflict through mediation and promote good governance in the form of democratic institutions, open markets, human rights and the rule of law. It does so by making available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders. It is a not-for-profit organization composed of former heads of government, senior governmental and international organization officials who work closely with Heads of Government on governance-related issues of concern to them.
  • Chairman the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation
  • Advisory Board of the think tank Gold Mercury International, London, UK
  • board of directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington, DC (2002)
  • Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD), University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group
  • The International Advisory Board of Forum 2000
  • Committee of Personalities of Institut Catala De La Mediterrania
  • Informal Advisory Group to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor
  • International Board of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Board of World Religious Leaders for The Elijah Interfaith Institute
  • Trilateral Commission
  • Member of the Advisory Council for Research of the Center for Democracy and Community Development (2010)
  • In June 2003, following the U.N. General Assembly resolution 56/266, Hassan was elected as one of five regional experts in the Independent Eminent Experts group, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to implement the Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that took place in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.
  • Moderator of the:

  • World Conference of Religions for Peace
  • Patron of the:

  • Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York
  • The Co-existence of Civilizations
  • Rights and Humanity
  • British Institute in Amman
  • Founder and/or Chairman of the:

  • Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (1999–2002)
  • Co-Chair of the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues
  • Co-Chair of the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI)
  • The Higher Council for Science and Technology
  • Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS)
  • Foundation for Intercultural and Interfaith Research and Dialogue
  • Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center
  • West Asia – North Africa Forum (WANA Forum)
  • President of the:

  • Club of Rome 1999–2007
  • President and Founder of the Arab Thought Forum since 1981
  • board of directors for the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at OU
  • The Parliament of Cultures
  • Royal Jordanian Polo Club
  • Co-president of the International Tolerance Foundation for Humanities and Social Studies
  • Honorary President of the:

  • Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development since 2012
  • Established the:

  • Al al-Bayt University in Mafraq
  • Hashemite Aid and Relief Agency
  • Islamic Scientific Academy
  • Triannual Conferences on the History and Archaeology of Jordan
  • The Amman Baccalaureate School
  • The Al-Hassan Youth Award
  • Founded the:

  • Royal Scientific Society (1970)
  • Annual Bilad Al-Sham Conference (1978)
  • Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought (1980)
  • Titles

  • 20 March 1947 – 1 March 1965: His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
  • 1 March 1965 – 24 January 1999: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
  • 24 January 1999 – Present: His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
  • National honours

  •  Jordan: Honorary Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali
  •  Jordan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance, Special Class
  •  Jordan: Knight of the Decoration of the Star of the Hashemites
  • Foreign honours

  •  Austria: Grand Cross of the Order of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, 1st Class
  • Ethiopian Imperial Family: Knight Grand Cordon of the Imperial Order of the Queen of Sheba
  •  Hungary: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
  •  Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  •  Malaysia: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Defender of the Realm
  •  Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau
  •  Netherlands: Recipient of the King Willem-Alexander Inauguration Medal
  •  Poland: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
  •  Spain: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
  •  Sweden: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star
  •  Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • Honorary degrees and doctorates

    In 2002, Prince Hassan was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York, in recognition of his contribution to the field of post-war reconstruction and development. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary fellowship by York St John University, for his lifelong contribution to peace initiatives in the Middle East, humanitarian projects and inspirational leadership in interfaith dialogue.

  • Honorary Degree of Science, Boğaziçi University, Turkey (1981)
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, Durham University, U.K. (1990)
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, U.S.A (1995)
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland (1996)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia (1997)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Birmingham, U.K. (1999)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Bilkent University, Turkey (1999)
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (Hon LLB), University of Hertfordshire, U.K. (2000)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Theology, University of Tübingen, Germany (2001)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Oklahoma, U.S.A. (2002)
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of York, U.K. (2002)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Portsmouth, U.K. (2002)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2005)
  • Honorary Degree of LLD Honoris Causa, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, U.K. (2005)
  • Honorary Degree and the Medal of the World Academy, Old Dominion University, U.S.A (2005)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, Universidade Cândido Mendes (UCAM), Brazil (2006)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, Institute of Higher Education of Brasilia (IESB), Brazil (2006)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas (FMU), Brazil (2006)
  • Honorary Degree in Human Letters, Brandeis University, U.S.A (2006)
  • Honorary Degree, Soka University, Japan (2006)
  • Honorary Doctorate, the Faculty of Humanities, University of Lund, Sweden (2007).
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary (2007).
  • Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2008)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa in Multicultural Communication For Human And Nations Development, Hasanuddin University, Indonesia, 2012
  • Awards and prizes

  • The Four Freedoms Award - May 2014
  • The Abu Bakr Al-Siddique Medal of the Organisation of Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies – September 1996.
  • The 1995 Science and Society Prize in Madrid.
  • The inaugural Gandhi/King/Ikeda Community Builders Medal and Torch of Nonviolence – April 2001.
  • The Distinguished Foreign Visitor Award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston – April 2002.
  • The 2003 Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Award for the Advancement of Inter-religious Understanding – June 2003.
  • The Abraham Fund Pioneer of Co-existence Award (New York) – January 2004.
  • The 2005 Eternal Flame Award by the Annual Scholars’ Conference of the U.S.
  • The Calgary Peace Prize – 2007.
  • A medal to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the adoption of UNESCO's Constitution, at the inaugural meeting of the Tolerance Foundation held at the Yusupov Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia – May 2007.
  • The 2008 Abraham Geiger Award for Peace.
  • The Niwano Peace Prize in Japan – May 2008.
  • The Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani medallion – Iqbal Academy, UK – 2008.
  • The Peace Prize of the City of Augsburg – Germany – 2008.
  • Abraham Geiger Award

    The 2008 Abraham Geiger Award, named after liberal thinker of Judaism Abraham Geiger (1810–1874), was conferred upon Prince Hassan bin Talal. The award ceremony was held in Berlin on 4 March 2008. Past recipients include Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Alfred Grosser, Emil Fackenheim and Susannah Heschel.

    "Honouring the President Emeritus of the World Conference of Religions for Peace underlines Prince Hassan's courage in defending pluralism, promoting understanding among different cultures and enhancing dialogue between Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Prince's efforts to promote understanding between the Islamic and Western Worlds are crucial at a time when we seem to be drifting apart, with perceived differences appearing to overwhelm the many things we have in common, both culturally and religiously."


  • To Be A Muslim: Islam, Peace, and Democracy, Alain Elkann coauthor, Sussex Academic Press, Handcover, December 2003, (96 pages), ISBN 1-903900-81-6.
  • Christianity in the Arab World, SCM Press with Foreword by the Prince of Wales, 1995, (120 pages), ISBN 0-8264-1094-4.
  • Palestinian Self-Determination: A Study of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Quartet Books, New York 1981, ISBN 0-7043-2312-5.
  • References

    Prince Hassan bin Talal Wikipedia

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