HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

A pluralist, believing in consensus and respect for the other, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, believes in societies in which all peoples can live, work and function in freedom and with dignity. This goal has been the moving force behind his interest and involvement in humanitarian and interfaith issues, with particular stress on the human dimension of conflicts.

His Royal Highness has initiated, founded and is actively involved in a number of Jordanian and international institutes and committees. He co-chaired the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI), 1983 and is currently President and Patron of the Arab Thought Forum and President Emeritus of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. In April, 2002, His Royal Highness joined the Board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and is currently serving as a Commissioner on Legal Empowerment for the Poor. In September 2003, His Royal Highness was elected Chairman of an 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 in 2001. His Royal Highness is a founding member of the Parliament of Cultures which was established in Istanbul in July 2002, the purpose of which is to promote understanding among cultures of the world and to enhance dialogue among their thinkers and intellectuals. On his call for humanitarian and cultural outreach, His Royal Highness is currently working with American Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on a programme called Partners in Humanity. The aim of this programme is to carry out a series of activities that serve to improve understanding and build positive relationships between the Muslim world and the United States. His Royal Highness served as a Commissioner on the Independent International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction.


Prince El Hassan is the author of nine books: A Study on Jerusalem (1979) (English); Palestinian Self-Determination (1981) (English, Arabic); Search for Peace (1984) (English, Arabic); Christianity in the Arab World (1994) (English, Arabic, French, Greek, Spanish, Russian, German, Swedish); Essere Musulmano - Co-authored with Alain Elkann - (2001) (Italian, French, Spanish) To Be A Muslim (English - released 2003); Q and A: Contemporary Issues, 2003. (Arabic); Continuity, Innovation and Change: Selected Essays (2001); In Memory of Faisal I: The Iraqi Question (2003) (Arabic); El Hassan bin Talal Collected Works: Volume One, 2007 (Arabic).