Alliance associate editor Andrew Milner profiles some of the world’s key Muslim philanthropists
Sultan Qaboos, Oman
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman is a noted philanthropist as well as the Arab region’s longest-serving head of state having come to power in 1970. In deference to intellectual and spiritual traditions of the region and his own decision to grant freedom of worship in the sultanate, he has financed the construction or maintenance of several mosques, notably the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, along with the construction of four Catholic and Protestant churches and Hindu temples. His philanthropy has an international dimension, particularly through his funding of UNESCO’s Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation in the early 1990s. The prize, which comprises a diploma and $70,000 grant, is given every two years in recognition of ‘outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment’.
Princess Banderi Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia