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Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco

Moulay Hicham ben Abdallah Alaoui
Prince of Morocco
Prince Moulay Hicham pictured before a court in Casablanca
Spouse Malika Benabdelali
Issue Sharifa Lalla Faizah Alaoui
Sharifa Lalla Haajar Alaoui
Full name
Hicham ben Abdallah Alaoui
Dynasty Alaouite dynasty
Father Prince Moulay Abdallah
Mother Lamia as-Solh
Born (1964-03-04) 4 March 1964
Rabat, Morocco
Religion Sunni Islam
Moroccan Royal Family

HH Princess Lalla Latifa

HRH Princess Lalla Lamia

HRH Princess Lalla Malika

Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco (Arabic: الأمير مولاي هشام بن عبد الله‎, born 4 March 1964) is the first cousin of the current King Mohammed VI and Prince Moulay Rachid. He is the son of Prince Moulay Abdallah of Morocco, the late brother of former King Hassan II, and Princess Lalla Lamia Al Solh, daughter of Riad Al Solh, the first Prime minister of Lebanon. He is also the cousin of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, whose mother Mona Al Solh is another daughter of the Lebanese family. Under the Moroccan constitution, Moulay Hicham stands third in the line of succession to the Alaouite throne.[1]

In his youth, Prince Moulay Hicham garnered the nickname "Red Prince" because of his leftist political positions. More recently, he has become an outspoken advocate for greater democracy in Morocco[2][3] and the broader Middle East.[4][5] He regularly speaks on these issues at public forums around the world, among them la Universidad de Málaga,[6] HEC-Paris (École des hautes études commerciales de Paris),[7] the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,[8] and Harvard University.[9] He has also published numerous essays on political reform and democracy in English, French, and Arabic language journals and newspapers.[10][11][12] He is currently a consulting professor at the Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at Stanford University.[13][14]


  • Activities 1
  • Personal Life 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


  • Founder and President of the Moulay Hicham Foundation, a non-profit private foundation that has supported social science research on the Arab world at leading universities.[15]
  • Co-founder, along with John Waterbury and Abdellah Hammoudi, of the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (TRI) at Princeton University.[16]
  • Managing director of Al-Tayyar, a renewable energy firm, based in Abu Dhabi.[17]
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa region.[18]
  • Producer of the 2012 award-winning documentary on democratization and dictatorship, A Whisper to a Roar, in collaboration with director Ben Moses.[19]

Personal Life

As a member of the Moroccan royal family, Prince Moulay Hicham was raised in the palace quarter of Rabat alongside his brother and cousins, including the current King Mohammed VI. He attended the Rabat American School and graduated from Princeton University in 1985.[20] He later attended Stanford University for graduate study in political science. In 2002, Prince Moulay Hicham relocated to Princeton, New Jersey with his family.[21] He is married since 1995 to Princess Lalla Malika Benabdelali, a cousin of the Moroccan businessman and current minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch. He has two daughters: Sharifa Lalla Faizah Alaoui (born 1996) who currently attends Yale University, and Sharifa Lalla Haajar Alaoui (born 1999). Many of these events are outlined in his memoirs, Journal d'un Prince Banni,[22] published in April 2014 to considerable controversy.[23][24]


  1. ^ Royal Ark
  2. ^ Moulay Hicham Speaks to Morocco's Attempt at Reform
  3. ^ The New York Times: The Staying Power of Arab Monarchies
  4. ^ Youtube: Al-Jazeera English interview with Prince Moulay Hicham
  5. ^ France24 Interview with Prince Moulay Hicham
  6. ^ Youtube: Seminar at the University of Malaga[
  7. ^ Youtube: Inaugural HECMA Conference
  8. ^ Middle East conference at UIUC
  9. ^ Youtube: Keynote Address at Harvard Arab Alumni Weekend 2013
  10. ^ Journal of Democracy: The Split in Arab Culture
  11. ^ Le Monde Diplomatique: Are the Arab Monarchies Next?
  12. ^ Pouvoirs, revue française d'études constitutionnelle et politiques: The Other Morocco
  13. ^ Professor, Prince at Stanford
  14. ^ Faculty Profile
  15. ^ Moulay Hicham Foundation
  16. ^ Transregional Institute
  17. ^ Al-Tayyar Energy
  18. ^ UC-SB HRW Fundraiser Report
  19. ^ A Whisper to a Roar Website
  20. ^ A Prince of Morocco, now of Princeton
  21. ^ Telquel: La Nouvelle Vie de Moulay Hicham
  22. ^
  23. ^ Youtube: France24 Interview with Prince Moulay Hicham on release of memoirs
  24. ^ French man arrested for stalking Moroccan prince

External links

  • Moulay Hicham Selected Writings (Official Website)
  • Moulay Hicham Foundation for Social Research on North Africa and the Middle East
Royal titles
Preceded by
Prince Moulay Rachid
Line of succession to the Moroccan Throne Next:
Prince Moulay Ismail of Morocco
as Prince Moulay Ismail
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