Prince Charles Receives Honorary Degree from Al-Azhar, Calls for Respect Between Religions

March 21, 2006

Source: BBC News

On March 21, 2006 BBC News reported, "Prince Charles has called for greater respect between religions, saying his 'heart is heavy from... never-ending death and destruction' in the world. The prince said the row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad showed 'the danger... of our failure to listen and to respect' others' views. He was giving a speech at Al-Azhar University in Cairo on a tour of Egypt with the Duchess of Cornwall. Charles was awarded an honorary degree by the university. One of the few non-Muslims to have been invited to speak at the university, the prince told 800 Islamic scholars that religious leaders needed to encourage understanding. 'We must foster, encourage and act upon that which embodies the divine attributes of mercy and compassion,' he said."