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Background

Jordan, with a population of a little over 5 million people, has been an independent state since 1921 when the Emir Abdullah declared the existence of the "Emirate of Transjordan" with himself as the ruler. Abdullah was the second son of Sharif Hussein, the leader of the Hashemite tribe in Saudi Arabia, and older brother of Faisal of "Lawrence of Arabia" fame - see web page on T.E. Lawrence - (the eldest brother's name was Ali). Originally intended as the King of Iraq, with Faisal as King of Syria, he had to content himself with the lesser prize when Faisal took the kingdom of Iraq in his place. It is perhaps ironic that today his descendants still rule Jordan, whereas Faisal's family was wiped out in the revolution of 1958.

Jordan became a kingdom in 1946 when the official name of the country became the "Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan" with Abdullah as the first king. The name was changed to "Kingdom of Jordan" in 1948. (See the history page "The beginning of the Kingdom").

Abdullah (today known as Abdullah I) was assassinated in 1951 and the throne passed automatically to his son the Crown Prince Talal. He abdicated for medical reasons in 1952 and his son Hussein became King at the age of 17.
Hussein
ruled until his death in 1999 and was succeeded by his eldest son Abdullah II *who rules at the moment. Since his succession, Abdullah has had to face a number of problems, economic, social and political, with the successive crises in Palestine and the Middle East.

Jordan is in theory a democratic monarchy, the people have a number of liberties and feel themselves quite free. But these liberties are granted for as long as the monarch wishes. King Abdullah has the power to delay or to cancel parliamentary elections, the press is closely watched and people can be detained for an almost indefinite period with no reason given. These powers are used with discretion, and as I said, the people in Jordan are on the whole perfectly happy with their government, and frequently compare it favourably with neighbouring states.

Queen Rania, the wife of King Abdullah II and something of an international media star, invariably accompanies him on his frequent travels, and is almost always a silent participant in any official interview. The couple have three small children, a boy (Hussein") and two girls.

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  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    I enjoyed a peek at your Jordan page..a wealth of nature reserves here! When in Israel, we motored by Jordan on the bus, seeing countless greenhouses along the way-a perfect solution in protecting fruit & vegetables in the boiling heat...

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2009 at 6:59 AM

    Marvellous Jordan pages Leyle. I have now completed my tour (virtual). And am looking forward to the real thing. Loved th Local Custom tips. Thanks.

  • Minashka's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Hi, thank you for your informative page and all the wonderful tips! I now feel like I am ready for my Jordan trip, which is in 2 weeks and I am quite excited :) Shukran! Minai

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Very detailed and informative tips, highlighting the diversity and ancient culture of Jordan. Enjoyed this excellent page writeup.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    hi, just back from Jordan. Before I set off to Jordan I read ur pages. Now Im back and Im reading again. U did a great job here. congrats.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Hi I have to come back and check out yr page here - as with Wadi Rum Im sure its inspirational! but ive just had a fantastic but too short a visit to Jordan so I must go back again before too long!hope all is well with you!

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2008 at 3:19 AM

    I really enjoyed your tips and experiences about Jordan, a country I hope to visit sometime this year! Very informative page with good details. Greetings from Dubai / Jess :-)

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2008 at 7:22 AM

    Looking for travel ideas and your Jordan pages are very helpful. The local custom tips are particularly insightful - thanks.

  • queenpud's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    I'll be revisiting Jordan for the coming 6 months, I will certainly be visiting your page for further tips. The more the merrier.

  • moshatnawi's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    nice goats :-) and petra too :-)

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