SOAS University of London

SOAS student meets the Prince of Wales to discuss interfaith dialogue

27 March 2018

Mariam Shehata, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS University of London met with HRH the Prince of Wales, as part of a group of UK-Al Azhar program scholars, to share ideas on religious tolerance and counter extremism efforts.


Image: Mariam (second from right) meeting HRH The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales welcomed six Egyptian scholars from the UK-Al Azhar program, including Mariam, to Clarence House earlier this month. The reception was also attended by British Ambassador to Egypt, John Casson and a number of supporters of the program. The meeting was a part of mutual cooperation between His Royal Highness and the Grand Imam of Al-Azar, Sheikh Ahmed Al- Tayb in order to promote interfaith dialogue.  At the meeting participants discussed how young scholars from Al-Azahr could effectively counter radical ideologies as well as change stereotypes about Islam.

Mariam is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at al-Azhar University and a doctoral candidate at SOAS on the UK-Al Azhar program. The program was established in 2015 by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayed, and the British Ambassador, John Casson. It aims to foster dialogue between cultures and faiths in order to strengthen renewed and positive religious voices in Egypt and around the world.