Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour, a senior teaching fellow in the Department of Islamic Studies 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.
The Prince of Wales welcomed six Egyptian scholars from the UK-Al-Azhar program, including Imam Mohammed Gamal, 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 a mutual cooperation program between His Royal Highness and the Grand Imam of Al-Azar, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayb in order to promote interfaith dialogue. The meeting aimed to foster dialogue between cultures and faiths in order to strengthen renewed and positive religious voices in Egypt and around the world. It also is worth mentioning that the Prince of Wales holds an honorary doctorate from Al-Azhar University for his work to encourage inter-faith dialogue. As for Imam Mohammed, he is a Tenured Faculty Member at Al-Azhar University, Cairo. He teaches: Theology, Philosophy of Religion and Comparative Theology. He completed has MA in Theology at the University of Durham and currently doing a PhD in Islamic and Religious Studies at the University of London.
Bath Mosque committee member Omar Elnagar commented following the meeting saying: “We are always proud of the opportunities Imam Mohamed brings to the Muslim community in the UK and in Bath. With the current Islamophobia trend, the UK needs people like Imam Mohamed who work to break such conflict, and who boosts an interfaith constructive and intellectual discussions. Imam Mohamed is a very strong addition to the British interfaith dialogue table, and we are proud to have him in Bath Mosque. Our goal now is to build a stronger relationship with other communities and to break any islamophobic relationships. Our door is always open to all people from all backgrounds “