At the Fifth Annual Islamic Studies Conference at Harvard, entitled "Communities Like You: Animals and Islam," HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and founder of the Princess Alia Foundation gave the keynote address. Her lecture underscored the deep respect that Islam has for the natural world and reflecting on the foundation’s efforts to raise awareness and improve the welfare of animals and humans alike in the Middle East region. By showing images of a project connecting autistic children and horses in Jordan, she emphasized humankind’s deep, mutual bonds with non-human animals.

Princess Alia Al Hussein is the daughter of His Majesty, the late King Hussein and Queen Dina of Jordan. She is a devoted animal lover and ambassador of the Arabian horse. She is the President of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation, Honorary President of the Jordan Philatelic Society, the Circassian Ladies Welfare Society, the Society for the Development & Welfare of Rural Women, and Governor of the British Arab Horse Society. Princess Alia is the founder of the Princess Alia Foundation, which is devoted to promoting balance, harmony, and respect for all of creation.

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