Prince Hassan bin Talal

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El Hassan
Prince El Hassan of Jordan
Prince El Hassan bin Talal in Berlin 2006
SpousePrincess Sarvath El Hassan
Issue
Princess Rahma
Princess Sumaya
Princess Badiya
Prince Rashid
FatherTalal of Jordan
MotherZein al Sharaf Talal
Born(1947-03-20) 20 March 1947 (age 65)
Amman, Jordan
 
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El Hassan
Prince El Hassan of Jordan
Prince El Hassan bin Talal in Berlin 2006
SpousePrincess Sarvath El Hassan
Issue
Princess Rahma
Princess Sumaya
Princess Badiya
Prince Rashid
FatherTalal of Jordan
MotherZein al Sharaf Talal
Born(1947-03-20) 20 March 1947 (age 65)
Amman, Jordan
Jordanian Royal Family
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Prince El Hassan bin Talal (Arabic: الحسن بن طلال‎) was born on 20 March 1947 in Amman, as a member of the Jordanian royal family.

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Family

He is the son of King Talal and Queen Zein al-Sharaf. He is also brother to the late King Hussein, was Crown Prince from 1965 to 1999 and is uncle to the present King Abdullah II of Jordan.

In 1968, Prince Hassan married Sarvath Ikramullah, daughter of Pakistani statesman and diplomat, Sir Mohammed Ikramullah and Pakistani female politician, diplomat and notable Urdu author, Begum Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah. They first met in London in 1958, when they were both youngsters and have four children together:

Education

Prince Hassan was educated first in Amman. He then attended Summer Fields School, Harrow School in England as well as Christ Church, Oxford University, where he received a BA Hons in Oriental Studies and proceeded to the MA. Prince Hassan is fluent in Arabic, English, French and German. He has a working knowledge of Turkish and Spanish, and studied Hebrew at university.[1]

Career

From 1965 to 1999, Hassan served as Crown Prince of Jordan and was frequently regent during his brother's absences from the country. During Hussein's final illness, he was replaced by his nephew Abdullah only days before the king died. Abdullah subsequently inherited the throne of Jordan.

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.[2] 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.

In 2009, he joined the project "Soldiers of Peace", a movie against all wars and for global peace.[3][4]

Styles of
Prince Hassan of Jordan
Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Alternative styleSir

Organizations

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

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Honorary degrees and doctorates

Publications

Abraham Geiger Award

The 2008 Abraham Geiger Award was conferred upon HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, as a voice for global sustainability, reconciliation and interreligious understanding. HRH received the 2008 Abraham Geiger Award in commemoration of the liberal thinker of Judaism, Abraham Geiger (1810–1874). The award ceremony was held in Berlin on 4 March 2008. Prince Hassan follows in the footsteps of Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Alfred Grosser, Emil Fackenheim and Susannah Heschel, past recipients of the Award.[8]

"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."[8]

Awards and prizes

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Royal titles
Preceded by
Prince Abdullah bin Al Ghazi
Line of succession to the Jordanian throneSucceeded by
Prince Rashid bin El Hassan
Preceded by
Abdullah bin Hussein
Crown Prince of Jordan
1965-1999
Succeeded by
Abdullah bin Hussein