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Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad with Shmagh Smiling 13.12.11.jpg
Born (1966-10-15) October 15, 1966 (age 50)
Amman, Jordan
Spouse Princess Areej Ghazi
Issue Princess Tasneem
Prince Abdullah
Princess Jennah
Princess Salsabeel
House Hashemite
Father Prince Muhammad bin Talal
Mother Princess Firyal

Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan (born October 15, 1966 in Amman, Jordan) is a Jordanian prince, professor of philosophy, and is a direct descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.[1][2][3] He is the son of Prince Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan and his first wife, Princess Firyal. He is a grandson of King Talal of Jordan and thus a first cousin of King Abdullah II and thirteenth in the line of succession to the Jordanian throne. He is well known for his religious initiatives, about which a book was published in 2013.[4]


PhD ('Alimmayah) in Islamic Philosophy, awarded highest honors on January 16, 2010
Thesis title: Love in the Holy Qur'an.[5]
PhD (Cantab.) in Modern and Medieval Languages and Literatures (July 1993)[6]
Thesis title: "What is Falling in Love?: A Study of the Literary Archetype of Love"
BA, Comparative Literature (June 1988)
(Graduated with Highest Honours, Summa cum laude.)[7]
'O' and 'A' Levels

Official work[edit]

  • Chief Advisor to King Abdullah II for Religious and Cultural Affairs and Personal Envoy of King Abdullah II.[9]
(October 6, 2011 to present; pro bono publica; retired from Gov.)
  • Special Advisor to and Personal Envoy of King Abdullah II of Jordan.[10]
(October 6, 2003 to October 5, 2011; Retired from gov.)
  • Advisor for Tribal Affairs and Cultural Secretary to King Abdullah II of Jordan.
(From February 7, 1999, until October 6, 2003.)[11]
(July 2, 1998 to February 7, 1999.)
(in addition to the post of Cultural Secretary).
  • Cultural Secretary to King Hussein of Jordan.[13]
(October 4, 1994 to February 7, 1999.)
Promoted to First Lieutenant (November 14, 1992).
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (November 1989).

Regent of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan[edit]

  • Has served Jordan as Regent in the absence of King Abdullah II from the country.

Other official activities[edit]

In religious affairs[edit]

Jordanian royal family
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HM The King
HM The Queen

HM Queen Noor

  • The Hashemite Fund for the Building and Maintenance of the Blessed Aqsa Mosque and the Noble Dome of the Rock:
Chairman of the Board of Trustees (June 16, 2007 to present),
Chairman of the Committee (May 2005 to present)
Chairman of Board of Trustees (August 2000 to present).[17]
Founder and Chairman of the Board Ex Officio of the World Islamic Sciences and Education University (W.I.S.E.) , Amman, Jordan, (March 2008).
Founder and Director of The Great Tafsir Project(November 2000 to present).
  • The National Park of the Site of the Baptism of Christ[18]
Founder and Chairman of the Board for the National Park (August 2001 to present).
Founder and Chairman of the Royal Committee (1999–2001).
Founder and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Committee (1997–1999).
  • National Committee for Religious Endowments (Awqaf):[19]
Member of Committee (1996 to present).
  • Royal Committee for the Building and Restoration of the Tombs of the Prophets and the Companions:[20]
Member of the Committee (1994 to present).

In education and cultural affairs[edit]

Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees (1996 – May 2010).[21]
  • The Royal Commission to Investigate the Conditions and Treatment of Foreign Students in Jordan:
Chairman (September 2004 – January 2005).
  • National Examination Council:
Member of Council (1997–2000).
  • National Committee for Higher Education:
Chairman of Finance Sub-Committee (1999–2003).
Member of Committee (1994–2003).
  • National Committee for Lower Education:
Member of Committee (1994–2003).

In tribal affairs and social development[edit]

  • Royal Committee for the Preservation and Development of Camel Livestock:
Founding Chairman of the Committee (2000–2003).
  • Committee for Tribal Lands and Claims:
Head of Ministerial Committee (1998–2003).
  • Royal Institute for Development and Charitable Works:
Founder and Executive Director and Member of Board of Trustees (1997–2000).
  • Royal Committee for the Endowment of Underprivileged Schools and Tribal Areas:
Founding Chairman of Committee (1995–2003).

In sports[edit]

  • Jordan Amateur Boxing Association:
President (April–July 1998).
  • Jordan Basketball Federation:
Honorary President (1991–1993).
President (1988–1991).

Part-time work (in academia)[edit]

  • Professor of Islamic Philosophy at University of Jordan (Faculty of Graduate Studies) (Amman, Jordan).
Appointed as Full Professor on December 12, 2005.
Appointed as Associate Professor (May 13, 2002).
  • Assistant Research Professor at University of Jordan (Amman, Jordan).
Appointed as Research Professor (May 29, 2000).

Discovery of Al-Maghtas[edit]

The site of baptism of Jesus had been known to be around the Jordan River, but no one knew exactly were. An abandoned site in Jordan overlooking the river, was heavily mined in 1967 due to an acquired front line position during the Six-Day War. In 1994 after the signing of the Israel–Jordan peace treaty, Prince Ghazi who is deeply interested in religious history, was searching the area after a monk convinced him to take a look around of what was thought to be the baptism site. When they found evidence of ruins, that was enough to encourage de-mining and further development. Soon afterwards, there were several archaeological digs, tourists influx and pilgrimage activity, and several papal and state visits. In July 2015, the site was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and is now known as the most likely location for the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.[22]

Welcome of Pope Benedict XVI in Amman, Jordan[edit]

Prince Ghazi gave the welcoming address on the occasion of the pilgrimage of Pope Benedict XVI in Jordan, May 9, 2009. His wide-ranging speech, during Benedict's visit to the new King Hussein Mosque in Amman, was carried live on Eternal Word Television Network TV. It gave an account of Muslim-Christian relationships, acknowledged the pope's kindness toward Muslims and made an appeal on behalf of Muslim minorities (as on Mindanao). The speech also noted that crusaders had damaged the Christian tribes in Jordan that had preceded Islam by 600 years.[23]

World Interfaith Harmony Week[edit]

On September 23, 2010, King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed a World Interfaith Harmony Week to the UN General Assembly.
On October 20, 2010, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Personal Envoy and Special Advisor of the King of Jordan, presented the proposal – having conceived and written the draft resolution[24] – before the UN General Assembly 34th plenary meeting in New York where it was adopted unanimously. His speech called to those who love God and love the neighbour, or the Good and the neighbour, to coordinate and concentrate their activities in a more effective way.

The misuse or abuse of religions can thus be a cause of world strife, whereas religions should be a great foundation for facilitating world peace. The remedy for this problem can only come from the world’s religions themselves. Religions must be part of the solution, not part of the problem.[25]

International Initiative for Islamic Integral Professorial Chairs (IIIPC)[edit]

On January 30, 2012, in celebration of King Abdullah II’s fiftieth birthday, Prince Ghazi launched the International Initiative for Islamic Integral Professorial Chairs (IIIPC). This started with the Integral Chair for the Study of Imam Al-Ghazali's Work, which was established in Jerusalem at the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds University, and King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein Waqf for the Integral Chair for the Study of Imam Fakhr Al-Din Al-Razi’s Work, which was established at the King Hussein bin Talal Mosque, the University of Jordan and W.I.S.E. University. Other Islamic integral professorial chairs are to come.[26][27]

Visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque[edit]

On 28 February 2012, during a meeting for the Arab League in Doha, Qatar, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a plea for Muslims to visit the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque. On April 18, 2012, Prince Ghazi, accompanied by the Grand Mufti of Egypt Sheikh Ali Goma, broke what had been a 45-year taboo in some parts of the Islamic World (propagated notably by Al-Jazeera-based Sheikh Al-Qaradawi) and visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to pray there and support the beleaguered Muslim community in Jerusalem. The visit was viewed as controversial in Egypt, but set off a change of public opinion in the Islamic World that continues to this day.[28][29]

During the trip to Jerusalem, the Prince and the Grand Mufti also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This visit was much appreciated by the Christian community of Jerusalem.[30]

International delegation of Muslims and Christians visit Nigeria[edit]

Between 22 and 26 May 2012 an international delegation of Muslims and Christians, sponsored jointly by the Royal Jordanian Aal Al Bayt Institute (RABIIT) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), visited Nigeria. Prince Ghazi headed the Muslim delegation and Revd Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit led the Christian delegation.

The visit was proposed in reaction to the numerous incidents of fierce inter-communal strife which have affected the lives of Nigerians during 2000-2012, and the awareness that Nigeria is the country in the world where the most severe inter-communal violence between Christians and Muslims has been experienced.[31]

The delegation sought to understand the reasons behind this violence. To this end they issued a report entitled 'Report on the Inter-Religious Tensions and Crisis In Nigeria’[32][33]

Non-governmental organizations[edit]

These include:
  • [34]
Founder, 2013 on.
  • The Prince Ghazi Trust for Islamic Thought
Founder and Director, 2012 to present.
  • Islamica Magazine
Chairman of the Board of Directors,[35]
June 2008 to 2010.
January 2008 to present.


These include:


  • 100 Books on Eslam in English and the End of Orientalism (in English) ITS (Islamic Texts Society), UK 2014. ISBN 978-1-903682-88-3 website
  • The Challenges Facing Arab Christians Today (in English and Arabic) MABDA (The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre) and RUTAB, Jordan 2013. Download
  • Searching for Consensus (in English and Arabic) MABDA (The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre) and RUTAB, Jordan 2013. Download
  • War and Peace in Islam: The Uses and Abuses of Jihad (in English) MABDA (The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre) and The Islamic Texts Society, Jordan, 2013. Edited by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Professor Ibrahim Kalin, and Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali. ISBN 978-1-903682-83-8
  • What is Islam, and Why? (in English) MABDA - RUTAB - The Oxford Foundation, Jordan, 2013. ISBN 978-9957-428-58-7 Download
  • Love in the Holy Quran (in English) The Islamic Texts Society, USA, 2013. ISBN 978-1-903682-84-5 Facebook Page
  • Love in the Holy Qur'an (in Arabic) (الحب في القرآن الكريم ) Dar al-Razi, Jordan, 2010. ISBN 978-9957-8533-7-2 website
  • A Common Word, Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor (Editor with Volf and Yarrington) Eerdmans Publishing House Co. 2010 website. ISBN 978-0802863805
  • True Islam and the Islamic Consensus on the Message of Amman / Kitab Ijma’ Al-Muslimin ‘ala Ihtiram Mathahib al-Din (compiler, editor and author of introduction [in Arabic and English]; The Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan, 2006).ISBN 9957-8533-4-1
(Limited 1st, 2nd and rev. 2nd edition published as: The Book of the Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence / Kitab Ihtiram Al-Mathahib; The Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan, 2006.)
  • Al-Insan (Man), (et al.; published, in Arabic, by the Jordanian Ministry of Education as the text-book for the 12th Grade National Curriculum for General Studies, Amman, 2001; revised 2nd edition in 2007 ).
  • The Sacred Origin of Sports and Culture (published by Fons Vitae, KY, USA, 1998). ISBN 1-887752-13-7
(Trans. into Turkish and published by Insan Yayinlari, Istanbul, 2002.)


  • ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’ (one of 138 signatories [and sole author]); An Open Letter to World Christian Leaders from World Muslim Leaders, October 13, 2007.[36]

‘The appearance of the A Common Word [Open Letter] of 2007 was a landmark in Muslim-Christian relations and it has a unique role in stimulating a discussion at the deepest level across the world.’

— Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, 2010.

  • ‘Open Letter to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’ (one of 38 signatories [and co-author]; in Islamica, no.18, Los Angeles CA, 2006; issued October 13, 2006).
  • ‘The Prophet Muhammad’ (in Islamica, no.16, Los Angeles CA, 2006).
2nd expanded edition, republished in newspapers in Denmark in 2008.
  • ‘Truth and Knowledge’, (in The Book of Language, ed. Kabir Helminski, published by The Book Foundation [The Education Project Series] Oxford, U.K., 2006).

Decorations and awards[edit]

  • Jordan JOR Al-Hussein ibn Ali Order BAR.svg Awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of Hussein bin Ali (Jordan’s highest medal—usually reserved only for heads of state) by H.M. King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein on October 28, 2013
  • Malaysia Awarded International Interfaith Harmony Award by the International Islamic University Malaysia in collaboration with Department of National Unity, Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia and Jamia Ma'din, India 2014.
  • Norway Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2013[37]
  • Italy St Augustine Award, 2012, For Interreligious Dialogue in the Mediterranean, Milan, Italy
  • Russia Awarded Russian Order of Friendship Medal, by President Vladimir Putin of Russia, 26/6/2012.[38][39]
  • Norway Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2012[40]
  • Ukraine Awarded Badge of the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (3rd Class), by President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine, June 2011
  • Norway Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2011[41][42]
  • Oman Awarded the Sultan Qaboos Medal (of the 1st Order) by Sultan Qaboos bin Said on 30/11/2010.
  • Jordan Jordan004.gif Awarded the Special Grand Cordon of the Renaissance Medal (Al-Nahdah Al-Murasa’ ) by King Abdullah II on 29/9/2010.[43]
  • Jordan Awarded an Honorary Ph.D. in Education from Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan on 22/9/2010.[44]
  • Norway Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2009 for initiating peaceful dialogue between cultures and religions.[45]
  • Flag of the Greek Orthodox Church.svg Awarded the Medal of the Holy Sepulcher (of the 1st order) by Patriarch Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Holy Land on 1/10/2009,[3] and:
  • Flag of the Greek Orthodox Church.svg Awarded the Medal of Peace by Patriarch Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Holy Land on 1/10/2009.
  • Germany Awarded the Eugen Biser Award by the Eugen-Biser-Stiftung (Germany) together with Grand Mufti Mustafa Cerić of Bosnia and Sheikh Habib Ali al-Jifri of Yemen, 2008.[46]
  • Jordan Awarded the Education Medal (of the 1st Order) by King Abdullah II on 5/10/2004.
  • Jordan Jordan004.gif Awarded the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance (Al-Nahdah) Medal (of the 1st Order) by King Abdullah II on 9/10/2003.
  • Morocco Awarded the Order of Muhammad Medal (of the 2nd Order) by King Mohammed VI of Morocco on 10/3/2000.
  • France Made Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) by President Chirac of France in 7/1/2000.
  • Jordan Awarded the Al-Hussein Medal for Distinguished Service (of the 1st Order) by King Abdullah II on 24/8/1999.
  • France Made Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur by President Chirac of France on 20/11/1997.
  • France Made Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by President Chirac of France on 10/3/1997.
  • Jordan Awarded the rank of Lt. Col. (hon.) in the Jordanian Arab Army by King Hussein on 2/9/1997.
  • Jordan Order of the Star of Jordan ribbon bar.png Awarded the Order of the Star of Jordan (Wisam al-Kawkab al-Urdani) (of the 1st Order) by King Hussein on 13/11/1995.[47]


Fluent (speaking, reading and writing) in Arabic, English and French.

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  3. ^ a b Twenty Years of Historic Religious Initiatives based in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal and many, many friends, 1993-2013s. 2013. 
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  5. ^ "UJ honors Prince Ghazi". 
  6. ^ "What is falling in love? A study of the literary archetype of falling in love with special reference to Don Quixote, Le Rouge et le Noir, and Madame Bovary". 
  7. ^ "Author Profile". 
  8. ^ "The Oxford Foundation". 
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  21. ^ "At A Glance; Prince Ghazi resigns as president of Balqa Applied University board". Jordan Times. May 3, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  22. ^ Frantzman, Seth J. (August 13, 2015). "Region's Baptism Sites a Bridge Completing the Holy Land Pilgrimage". The Jeruselum Post. 
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  25. ^ "World Interfaith Harmony Week – H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad delivers H.M. King Abdullah II's World Interfaith Harmony Week proposal at UN". October 21, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
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  32. ^ "Report on the Inter-Religious Tensions and Crisis In Nigeria" (PDF). 
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  34. ^ "Free Islamic Calligraphy". 
  35. ^ See: Islamica Magazine, February 2009, No. 21
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  45. ^ Der Spiegel (German): Nobel Peace Prize Candidates 2009
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Royal titles
Preceded by
Prince Hussein bin Al Talal
Line of succession to the Jordanian throne
15th position
Succeeded by
Prince Abdullah bin Al Ghazi