At Formal Hall last night, Regent’s was privileged to host HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan and to confer upon him the distinction of an Honorary Fellowship. Prince Ghazi is a long-standing advocate of interfaith dialogue and a pioneer academic in the field of love in religion; he is the author of Love in the Holy Qur’an (2013). In recent years, the Prince has worked closely with our Principal Emeritus and Director of Research, Professor Paul Fiddes, to establish a research project in his field at Regent’s. This project includes a Fellowship in the Study of Love in Religion, which has been endowed in perpetuity for £1.8m by generous gifts from the King of Jordan and the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan.
Below is a photograph (apologies for the quality!) of Prince Ghazi addressing the gathering at dinner. During an engaging speech, which was both profound and lighthearted, the Prince thanked the College for his Honorary Fellowship, especially because he would now be able to walk barefoot on the lawn in the Quad ‘with permission’ – apparently a secret desire of His Royal Highness!