Prince Hassan bin Talal

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Prince Hassan bin Talal
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Prince El Hassan bin Talal in Berlin 2006
Born (1947-03-20) 20 March 1947 (age 71)
Amman, Jordan
IssuePrincess Rahma
Princess Sumaya
Princess Badiya
Prince Rashid
FatherTalal of Jordan
MotherZein Al-Sharaf

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


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

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:


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,[1] 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.[2]


In 1965 Hassan was named as Crown Prince of Jordan after the constitution was amended.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5][6]

On 10 June 2013, he was appointed as the chairman of the advisory board on water and sanitation (UNSGAB) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.[7]


Prince Hassan has been a very active participant in Jordanian and International civil society. He founded the Royal Scientific Society in 1970, the Annual Bilad Al-Sham Conference in 1978, and the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in 1980. He has also established the Al al-Bayt University in Mafraq, the Hashemite Aid and Relief Agency, the Islamic Scientific Academy, the Triannual Conferences on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, the Amman Baccalaureate School, and the Al-Hassan Youth Award. He founded and chairs the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues, Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues, the Higher Council for Science and Technology, the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, the Foundation for Intercultural and Interfaith Research and Dialogue, the Arab Thought Forum since 1981, the Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center, and the West Asia – North Africa Forum (WANA Forum), and was chair of the Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organization from 1999–2002.

He has served as the president of the Club of Rome from 1999 to 2007, the board of directors for the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Oklahoma, the Parliament of Cultures, the Royal Jordanian Polo Club, and the International Tolerance Foundation for Humanities and Social Studies, and is honorary president of the Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development since 2012.[8]

Prince Hassan is also a patron of the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit at the University of York,[9] the Swiss Rights and Humanity non-profit, the British Institute in Amman, and the Woolf Institute,[10] in addition to being a member of the Global Leadership Foundation, the Chairman the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation,[11] the Advisory Board of British think tank Gold Mercury International, the board of directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (since 2002), the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD) at University of Geneva, Switzerland,[12] the Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group, the International Advisory Board of Forum 2000, the Committee of Personalities of Institut Catala De La Mediterrania, the Informal Advisory Group to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, the International Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute,[13] the Trilateral Commission, the Advisory Council for Research of the Center for Democracy and Community Development (since 2010), and the Independent Eminent Experts group of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance.

Titles, styles, honours and awards[edit]


  • 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[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Honorary degrees and doctorates[edit]

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.[9] 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.

Awards and prizes[edit]

  • The Four Freedoms Award - May 2014[33]
  • 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[edit]

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.[34]

"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."[34]


  • 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.



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  1. ^ King Abdullah II honoured Prince Hassan bin Talal with the Decoration of the Star of the Hashemites on the 7/9/15 in recognition of his outstanding contributions and services to the kingdom for many years.

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Royal titles
Preceded by
Prince Abdullah bin Al Ghazi
Line of succession to the Jordanian throne
17th position
Succeeded by
Prince Rashid bin El Hassan
Preceded by
Abdullah bin Hussein
Crown Prince of Jordan
Succeeded by
Abdullah bin Hussein