Famous people from Jordan
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Abdullah II of Jordan
Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein is the reigning king of the Kingdom of Jordan. He ascended the throne on 7 February 1999 upon the death of his father King Hussein. King Abdullah, whose mother is Princess Muna al-Hussein, is a member of the Hashemite family.
According to the Hebrew Bible, Saul was the first king of a united Kingdom of Israel. He was anointed by the prophet Samuel and reigned from Gibeah. He fell on his sword to avoid capture in the battle against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa, during which three of his sons were also killed. The succession to his throne was contested by Ish-bosheth, his only surviving son, and his son-in-law David, who eventually prevailed. The main account of Saul's life and reign is found in the biblical Books of Samuel; the historicity of his kingdom has been called into question by historians.
Hussein of Jordan
Hussein bin Talal was King of Jordan from the abdication of his father, King Talal, in 1952, until his death. Hussein's rule extended through the Cold War and four decades of Arab-Israeli conflict. He recognized Israel in 1994, becoming the second Arab head of state to do so. Hussein claimed to be a descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through his belonging to the ancient Hashemite family.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi; October 30, 1966 – June 7, 2006, born Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh was a Jordanian militant Islamist who ran a paramilitary training camp in Afghanistan. He became known after going to Iraq and being responsible for a series of bombings, beheadings, and attacks during the Iraq War. He formed al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in the 1990s, and led it until his death in June 2006. Zarqawi took responsibility, on several audio- and videotapes, for numerous acts of violence in Iraq including suicide bombings and hostage executions. Zarqawi opposed the presence of US and Western military forces in the Islamic world, as well as the West's support for the existence of Israel. In late 2004 he joined al-Qaeda, and pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden. After this al-Tawhid wal-Jihad became known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and al-Zarqawi was given the Al-Qaeda title, "Emir of Al Qaeda in the Country of Two Rivers". In September 2005, he declared "all-out war" on Shia in Iraq after the Iraqi government offensive on insurgents in the Sunni town of Tal Afar. He dispatched numerous suicide bombers throughout Iraq to attack American soldiers and areas with large concentrations of Shia militias. He is also thought to be responsible for the 2005 bombing of three hotels in Amman, Jordan. Zarqawi was killed in a targeted killing by a Joint US force on June 7, 2006, while attending a meeting in an isolated safehouse approximately 8 km north of Baqubah. One United States Air Force F-16C jet dropped two 500-pound guided bombs on the safehouse.
Ahab was the seventh king of Israel since Jeroboam I, the son and successor of Omri, and the husband of Jezebel of Sidon, according to the Hebrew Bible. Ahab became king of Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asa, king of Judah, and reigned for twenty-two years. William F. Albright dated his reign to 869–850 BC, while E. R. Thiele offered the dates 874–853 BC. Michael D. Coogan dates his reign to 871–852 BC.
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein is the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan from his third wife, Queen Alia. Princess Haya is the junior wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. She is known as Her Royal Highness Princess Haya of Jordan, a title derived from her father.
Athaliah was queen consort of Judah as the wife of King Jehoram, and later queen regnant for six years. William F. Albright has dated her reign to 842–837 BC, while Edwin R. Thiele's dates, as taken from the third edition of his magnum opus, were 842/841 to 836/835 BC. However, a starting date of 842/841 for Athaliah is one year before the date of 841/840 that Thiele gave for death of her son Ahaziah, a conflict that Thiele never resolved. The present article accepts the one-year adjustment to Thiele's dates for Ahaziah given by later scholars that is explained in the Rehoboam and Ahaziah articles, thereby reconciling Thiele's dates for Athaliah with those of her predecessor. These dates are also compatible with cross-synchronisms between Ahaziah and Athaliah and the northern kingdom. Athaliah is usually considered the daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of Israel; her marriage to Jehoram sealed a treaty between Israel and Judah. Jehoram, a descendant of King David, actively promoted the worship of YHWH in his country, but he tolerated Athaliah's worship of Baal. After Jehoram's death, their son Ahaziah became Judah's king with Athaliah acting as queen mother. She used her power in that role to establish the worship of Baal in Judah after Ahaziah was killed in a state visit to Israel along with the then-king of Israel, also named Jehoram, who was Athaliah's brother. Jehu assassinated them both in Yahweh's name and had Athaliah's entire extended family in Israel put to death.
Kassem Gharaibeh, known by his stage name KassemG, is an Arab-American comedian and actor, best known for his online content. His YouTube channel, "KassemG", hosts several hundred videos, most notably the California On and Going Deep webseries. As of September 2013 "KassemG" has more than 2.4 million subscribers, and 380 million video views, and a secondary channel, "KassemGtwo", maintains over a half million subscribers.
Prince Hassan bin Talal
Prince El Hassan bin Talal was born 20 March 1947 in Amman, as a member of the Jordanian royal family.
Ayah Marar is a Jordanian singer, songwriter, performer, radio show host and label owner based full-time in the UK. She has featured as a vocalist and/or writer on music from many UK artists including Calvin Harris, DJ Fresh, Camo & Krooked, Bassline Smith, Dilemn and Jack Penate.
Hussein bin Al Abdullah, Crown Prince of Jordan
Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah is the heir apparent to the throne of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the eldest child of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania. He replaced his half-uncle, Prince Hamzah, as heir apparent in 2004, and was granted the title of crown prince in 2009. Since reaching the age of majority in 2012, Hussein has functioned as regent on several occasions.
Joseph Andoni Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, whose academic work has focused on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli nationalism. He is also known for his book Desiring Arabs, about representations of sexual desire in the Arab world. Massad, a Palestinian, was born in Jordan in 1963. He received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia in 1998.
Wasfi al-Tal was Prime Minister of Jordan for three separate terms. In 1971, he was assassinated by the Black September unit of the Palestine Liberation Organization outside a Cairo hotel. Tal was prime minister and defense minister during the Black September uprising by Palestinians in 1970. He earned the ire of PLO leaders for his role in repressing the revolt. He was the third senior Jordanian political figure assassinated between 1951 and 1971, the first two were King Abdullah and Hazza Majali, the Jordanian prime minister.
Nadim Sawalha is a Jordanian-born English actor and father of actresses Julia and Nadia Sawalha. He was born in Madaba, Jordan in 1935 and came to Britain in the 1950s, to study drama. His daughter Julia revealed on her episode of Who Do You Think You Are? that even he is uncertain of his birth date, but it is thought to be around 7 to 9 September.
Abdul Rahman Munif
Abdul Rahman Munif was a Jordanian-born Saudi novelist. His novels include strong political elements and parodies of the Middle Eastern elite class.
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan is the fourth son of the late King Hussein of Jordan, and the second child of the king by his third wife, Queen Alia. Prince Ali is claimed to be the 43rd generation direct descendant of the Islamic prophet Mohammad. Since 6 January 2011, he has been the Vice President of FIFA for Asia.
Abdalla Ensour is a Jordanian economist who has been Prime Minister of Jordan since October 2012. A veteran statesman and politician, he held various cabinet positions in Jordanian governments.
Philodemus of Gadara was an Epicurean philosopher and poet. He studied under Zeno of Sidon in Athens, before moving to Rome, and then to Herculaneum. He was once known chiefly for his poetry preserved in the Greek Anthology, but since the 18th century, many writings of his have been discovered among the charred papyrus rolls at the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. The task of excavating and deciphering these rolls is difficult, and work continues to this day. The works of Philodemus so far discovered include writings on ethics, theology, rhetoric, music, poetry, and the history of various philosophical schools.
Khaled Yusuf Muhammad al-Emirate, more commonly known as Muhannad, and also known as Abu Anas, was a Mujahid Emir fighting in Chechnya. Following the death of Abu Hafs al-Urduni on 26 November 2006, he was named leader of the Arab Mujahideen in Chechnya, the battalion of foreign fighters once commanded by the notorious Saudi-born Ibn al-Khattab. Although Russian intelligence has claimed that he was a native of Jordan who served as a combat pilot in the Jordanian Air Force and who also underwent military training in the United States, it is more commonly believed that he was Saudi. There are also disparities in the spelling of his last name, but the most common version is that utilized by Russia’s National Anti-terrorism Committee, which is Khaled Yusuf Muhammad al-Emirate. He was killed by Russian security forces outside the village of Serzhen-Yurt, Chechnya on 21 April 2011.
Abdallah Khaled Deeb Salim, commonly known as Abdallah Deeb, is a Jordanian football player of Palestinian origin, that plays as a Forward for Al-Orubah and the Jordan national football team and has always played as player number 14. Abdallah is married and has a daughter named Zein.
Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein
Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan is the son of the late King Hussein of Jordan from his American-born fourth wife, Queen Noor al-Hussein. He was named Crown Prince of Jordan in 1999, a position he held until it was rescinded in 2004 by his half-brother, King Abdullah II of Jordan. Queen Noor states in her autobiography that she and King Hussein named their son after Hamza ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib.
Samīħ al-Qāsim is a Palestinian Druze whose Arabic poetry is well known throughout the Arab World. His poetry is influenced by two primary periods of his life: Before and after the Six-Day War. He joined the Communist Hadash political party in 1967. Al-Qasim has published several volumes and collections of poetry.
Amer Deeb Mohammad Khalil is a Jordanian footballer of Palestinian origin, who plays for Al-Wehdat and the Jordanian national team. He is married and has two children; a son named Qusai, and a daughter named Bayan. To many fans of Jordan and Al-Wahdat, he is referred to as "Deeb of Jordan" and "Deeb of Al-Wahdat".
Amer Shafi Mahmoud Sabbah, commonly known as Amer Shafi is a Jordanian footballer of Palestinian descent, who is a goalkeeper for Al-Wehdat and the Jordan national football team. Shafi is married and has two children who are sons, Wisam and Yousef.
Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein
Prince Faisal of Jordan is the son of King Hussein and Princess Muna Al Hussein, and the younger brother of King Abdullah II.
Yonit Levi, is an Israeli television presenter and journalist.
Ahmad Hayel Ibrahim Arshidat is a Jordanian football player who currently plays as a striker for Al-Arabi of Kuwait and the Jordan national football team. Hayel is married and has two children that are twins, a son named Jad and a daughter named Nitali.
Menippus of Gadara, was a Cynic and satirist. His works, which are all lost, were an important influence on Varro and Lucian. The Menippean satire genre is named after him.
Basma bint Talal
Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan is the only daughter of King Talal and Queen Zein al-Sharaf Talal, sister of King Hussein of Jordan and paternal aunt to the current King, King Abdullah II. Princess Basma is considered the Princess Royal of Jordan.
Nabil Shaban is a Jordanian-British actor and writer. He founded The Graeae - a theatre group which promotes performers with disabilities. He has a son named Zenyel. Shaban was a student at the University of Surrey in the late seventies and contributed to the Students' Union newspaper "Bare Facts". One of his most memorable television roles was that of the hideous reptilian alien Sil in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Shaban played Sil in two serials: Vengeance on Varos and Mindwarp. Shaban is particularly well known among Doctor Who fans for Sil's laugh, which he created. He has appeared in several films, including Born of Fire, City of Joy, Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein, Gaias børn, and Children of Men, and has also worked as part of the Crass Collective. In 2011, he played the Roman emperor Constantius II at the National Theatre in Ibsen's Emperor and Galilean. In 2003 he made a TV documentary titled The Strangest Viking, in which Shaban explored the possibility that Viking chieftain Ivar the Boneless may have had osteogenesis imperfecta, the same condition he himself has.
Marouf Suleiman al-Bakhit is a Jordanian politician and two-time Prime Minister. He first served as Prime Minister from 27 November 2005 until 25 November 2007 and then again from 9 February 2011 to 17 October 2011. Bakhit also held the position of Jordanian ambassador to Israel and the national security chief. Appointed as Prime Minister by King Abdullah II less than three weeks after the 2005 Amman bombings, Bakhit's main priorities were to maintain security and stability in Jordan. He was reappointed as Prime Minister by the King on 1 February 2011, following weeks of protests. He resigned from his post on 17 October 2011, and was succeeded by Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh on 24 October.
Prince Hashim Al Hussein
Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein is the younger of the two sons of King Hussein and Queen Noor. In her autobiography, Queen Noor states that Hashim was named after the clan of Hashim, a tribe to which the Prophet Muhammad and King Hussein belong. He is in the line of succession to the Jordanian throne.
Field Marshal Habis al-Majali was a noted Jordanian soldier from the southern city of Al Karak, Habis served as Chief of staff, Jordanian Armed Forces 1958-1975, Minister of Defence 1967-1968, and 20-year member of the Jordanian Senate for 5 terms
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan is a Jordanian prince, professor of philosophy, and claims to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He is the son of Prince Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan and his first wife, Princess Firyal. He is the grandson of King Talal of Jordan. He is well known for his religious initiatives, about which a book was published in 2013.
Abdullah Abu Zema
Abdullah Abu Zema'a is a Jordanian association football coach of Palestinian origin, who was an attacking midfielder for Al-Wehdat and the Jordan national football team until he retired. He is currently head coach of Al-Wehdat.
Princess Iman bint Al Hussein
Princess Iman is the daughter of King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan. She has two brothers, Hamzah and Hashim, and a younger sister, Princess Raiyah. She is a half-sister to King Abdullah II of Jordan. Princess Iman studied at the Fay School in Massachusetts and the Maret School in Washington, D.C. She joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2002, and finished her training there on 8 August 2003. She has enrolled at American University in Washington, D.C., and is currently pursuing a higher degree in veterinary medicine. On 20 December 2012, the Royal Court of Jordan announced Princess Iman's engagement to businessman Zaid Azmi Mirza. They married on 22 March 2013.
Prince Muhammad bin Talal
Prince Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan is the son of the late King Talal I of Jordan and is the younger brother of the late King Hussein I of Jordan.
Abdullah el-Tell, served in the Transjordanian Arab Legion during the 1948 war in Palestine rising from the rank of company commander to become Military Governor of the Old City of Jerusalem. He was later accused of being involved in the assassination of King Abdullah I and spent many years in Egypt before returning to Jordan in 1967. El-Tell was born into a wealthy family in Irbid just as the Ottoman army were retreating from the town. His mother held him up to the window to witness the soldiers leaving. His secondary education was in Egypt. When he was 18 years old he was jailed for demonstrating against the British. In 1941 he joined the British Army and in 1942 completed an officer training course in the Suez Canal area.
Omar M. Yaghi
Dr. Omar M. Yaghi is a Jordanian-American chemist, currently the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. He and his research laboratories design and produce classes of compounds now known as metal-organic frameworks, zeolitic imidazolate frameworks, and covalent organic frameworks. Among MOFs, there are substances with extremely high surface areas and with very low crystalline densities. He has successfully developed these materials from basic science to applications in clean energy technologies including hydrogen and methane storage, and carbon dioxide capture and storage.
Nayef Hawatmeh is a Jordanian politician. His name can be transliterated from the Arabic in many ways; variants include Naif Hawatma, Niaf Hawathme, etc. Hawatmeh hails from a Jordanian tribe of Catholic Christians. He is the General Secretary of the Marxist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine since its formation in a 1969 split from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, of which he was also a founder. He was active as a left-wing leader in the Arab Nationalist Movement, which preceded the PFLP. He presently resides in exile in Syria, from which the DFLP receives some support; Israel blames the DFLP for the 1974 Ma'alot massacre, and so will not permit him to enter the Palestinian territories. Hawatmeh opposed the 1993 Oslo Accords, calling them a "sell-out", but became more conciliatory in the late 1990s. In 1999 he agreed to meet with Yassir Arafat and even shook hands with the Israeli President, Ezer Weizmann, at the funeral of King Hussein of Jordan, drawing strong criticism from his Palestinian and Arab peers. In 2004 he was briefly active in a joint Palestinian-Israeli non-governmental attempt to start a coalition of Palestinian groups supporting a two-state solution, and called for a cessation of hostilities in the al-Aqsa Intifada.
Abu Hafs al-Urduni
Abu Hafs al-Urduni, also transliterated as Abu Hafs al-Urdani was a Mujahid Emir fighting in Chechnya. After Abu al-Walid’s death in April 2004, he assumed command of the Arab Mujahideen in Chechnya. He was killed in Dagestan on November 26, 2006.
Patriarch Fouad Twal is a Palestinian archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, serving as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem since June 2008. Twal is also the Grand Prior of the Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and serves as the President for the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.
Harel Moyal is a popular young Israeli pop singer-songwriter and stage actor who won the second season of the Israeli television series Kochav Nolad. He has released two albums.
Princess Iman bint Abdullah
Princess Iman bint Abdullah is the first daughter and second child of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania. She goes to the International Academy Amman and is a keen athlete.
Samir Zaid al-Rifai is a Jordanian politician who was Prime Minister of Jordan from 14 December 2009 to 9 February 2011. He was replaced by Marouf al-Bakhit by the king Abdullah II, following weeks of protests in the country.
Dima Bashar is a singer.
Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein
Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein is the youngest daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor. She has two brothers Hamzah and Hashem and an elder sister Princess Iman. She studied the International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Atlantic and received her master's degree in Japanese and International Relations at Edinburgh University. She took a year abroad studying at Ritsumeikan University in Japan. She currently works in Japan. Princess Raiyah is an avid fan and skilled player of polo, as well as a practitioner of several martial arts including kendo and aikido. She is a half-sister to King Abdullah II of Jordan. She is of Jordanian descent on her father's side and Scottish, English, Syrian,and Swedish descent on her mother's side. Her mother was born an American.
Nader Dahabi born 1946 in Amman Jordan, is a Jordanian politician, who was prime minister from 25 November 2007 to 14 December 2009. He took office following the resignation of Marouf al-Bakhit, and days after the parliamentary elections in which Islamists and opposition were defeated by pro-regime candidates. On 9 December 2009, he handed in his resignation to King Abdullah II, along with the rest of his government. Born in Amman on 7 October 1946, Nader Dahabi is married with two sons and one daughter. His brother Muhammad, former General Intelligence Directorate chief, was in 2012 convicted to 13 years imprisonment.
Prince Talal bin Muhammad
Prince Talal bin Muhammad is a member of the Jordanian royal family, the eldest son of Prince Muhammad bin Talal, the younger brother of King Hussein of Jordan, and the grandson of King Talal of Jordan. Talal is the 41st generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He has one brother, Prince Ghazi.
Ibrahim Nasrallah is a Jordanian-Palestinian poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer. He studied in the UN agency for Palestine Refugees schools and at the UNRWA Teacher Training College in Amman. He taught in Saudi Arabia for 2 years in the Al Qunfudhah region and worked as a journalist between 1978 and 1996. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur, Afaq and Hasad newspapers. He is in charge of cultural activities at Darat-al-Funun in Amman. He has published 14 books of poetry, 13 novels and two children's books. In 2009 his novel The Time of White Horses was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Nasrallah is a member of the Sakakini General Assembly. In 2006, Ibrahim Nasrallah decided to dedicate himself fully to his writing profession.
Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh was the prime minister of Jordan from October 2011 to April 2012. He was also formerly a judge of the International Court of Justice.
Anas Bani Yaseen
Anas Walid Khaled Bani Yaseen is a Jordanian footballer who plays as an attacking defender for Al-Arabi and the Jordan national football team.
Zaid al-Rifai is a former Prime Minister of Jordan.
Zaid ibn Shaker
Zeid Ibn Shaker, GBE, CVO served as commander in chief of the Jordanian Military for more than twelve years and Prime Minister of Jordan three times. King Hussein awarded him the non-hereditary title Prince on 4 February 1996. Field Marshal General of the Army Sharif Zaid ibn Shakir was a cousin of King Hussein. He joined the military and served with the future King Hussein. In 1957 and 1958 he was the Assistant Military Attache at the Embassy of Jordan in London. He served in a number of positions in the Jordanian military including being a tank commander at both the brigade and division level. On 8 January 1996 he was made Chief of Staff for the armed services which post he held until resigning in 1988. In June 1987 he was made Field Marshall. Being a Hashemite, Zaid ibn Shaker's family had always been close to the Royal family, and Zaid ibn Shakir himself had been personally linked with King Hussein throughout his military career. In addition to his high palace position, he also filled a then newly created post of adviser to the king on national security which implied that Zaid bin Shaker would retain considerable influence over military policies.
Fayez Tarawneh is an independent Jordanian politician, who served twice as prime minister of Jordan. He is chief of royal court in Jordan.
Ahmad Abdel-Halim Abdel-Salam Al-Zugheir is a Jordanian footballer of Palestinian origin, who plays for Al-Sareeh and the Jordan national football team.
Rad Hourani is a unisex Haute Couture designer. He was born in 1982 in Jordan from a Jordanian father and a Syrian mother. When he was 16 years old, he moved with his family to Montreal where he completed his high school studies. Shortly after his graduation from high school, he started scouting for a modelling agency and eventually became a stylist. He moved in 2005 to Paris, where he designed his first unisex collection. It was also in Paris that he launched his namesake unisex label for a debut show on October 2007 at age 25. Rad Hourani launched his namesake label in 2007 in Paris. Hourani has continued to show the ready to wear unisex line RAD by Rad Hourani in New York, and will continue to present his name sake Unisex Haute Couture collection in Paris. In January 2013, Hourani became the first invited member by La Chambre Syndicale de La Haute Couture in Paris to design and show a Unisex Haute Couture collection in fashion history. All of his products are designed to be unisex.
Princess Noor bint Asem
Princess Noor bint Asem of Jordan, born on 6 October 1982 as Noor bint Asem, is a member of the Jordanian Royal Family.
Norma Khouri is the pen name of author Norma Bagain Toliopoulos. She is the author of the book titled Honor Lost in America and titled Forbidden Love in Australia and the British Commonwealth. The book was published by Random House in 2003. The book, which became a bestseller, purported to describe the honor killing of her best friend in Jordan. It was exposed as a literary hoax in 2004.
Princess Alia bint Al Hussein
Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan was born on 13 February 1956 and is the eldest child to King Hussein of Jordan and his first wife, Sharifa Dina bint 'Abdu'l-Hamid.
Hatem Mohammad Yusuf Aqel is a Jordanian footballer of Palestinian origin who is a defender for That Ras.
Neda Ulaby is an American reporter for National Public Radio, covering arts, cultural trends and digital media. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein
Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein is the sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan and is the twin sister of Princess Zein. Her parents are Princess Muna al-Hussein and King Hussein.
Faisal al-Fayez was the Prime Minister of Jordan from 25 October 2003, to 6 April 2005. He took office following the resignation of Ali Abu al-Ragheb. He resigned after being criticized for not being reformist enough. He previously served as Defence Minister, and is close to the king. He was educated at the College De La Salle, Amman, Jordan and then went on to Cardiff University, United Kingdom where he received a degree in Political Science in 1978. In 1981, he did a Master in International Relations in Boston University in the United States.
Badran Mohammad Al-Shaqran is currently a retired Jordanian professional football player. He made his professional debut in the Jordan League in 1993 for Al-Ramtha SC. He played 3 games in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1996 for FC KAMAZ-Chally Naberezhnye Chelny. He currently coaches Jordan U-19.
Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah
Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah is the fourth child and second son of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania al-Abdullah. Prince Hashem is part of the Hashemite family and is reportedly the 44th-generation direct descendant of prophet Mohammad.
Khaled Mardam-Bey is a British programmer of Palestinian and Syrian origin. He is notable for creating and developing the popular Internet Relay Chat client for Microsoft Windows, mIRC.
Dirar Abu Seesi
Dirar Abu Seesi or: Abu Sisi is the Deputy Engineer for the Gaza Strip's sole electrical plant, which provides 25% of Gaza's power, Israel alleges that he is a Hamas Weapons engineer. In February 2011, he traveled to Ukraine, his wife's native country, to apply for citizenship, after coming to believe that Gaza was no longer a safe place to raise his six children. He disappeared in Poltava on February 19, and later turned up in an Israeli prison. It turned out he was kidnapped by Israeli intelligence personnel. On April 4, he was indicted for his alleged aid to Hamas.
Zade Dirani, is a Jordanian and American pianist and composer whose genre blending songs are inspired by Arabic, Latin, pop, and classical music. He has performed before thousands around the world including Queen Elizabeth, Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, amongst others.
Badiya bint El Hassan
Princess Badiya bint El Hassan was born on 28 March 1974 in Amman, Jordan. Her father is Prince Hassan bin Talal and her mother is Princess Sarvath El Hassan.
Omar Naim is a Lebanese film director and screenwriter, perhaps best known for writing and directing the 2004 film The Final Cut.
Abdelsalam al-Majali is a Jordanian physician and politician who served twice as the prime minister of Jordan.
Omar Maani is a Jordanian engineer, businessman and the former Mayor of Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He was appointed as mayor by Royal Decree of King Abdullah II in April 2006. In March 2011, the Government of Jordan dissolved all municipal councils in the country, so Maani was relieved of his duties as Mayor. On 13 December that year, he was detained for "failure to perform his official duties" and was later released on JD300,000 bail per allegation to await the decision of the courts. Maani came to the mayoral office directly from the private sector, where, for twenty five years he had managed Maani Ventures, a Jordanian industrial and engineering group of companies. As mayor, he was mandated with the creation of a strategic plan to accommodate the rapid growth and development of Amman, which had grown from a small town of a few thousand people in the early 20th century to a capital city inhabited by over 2.5 million people in 2005. The 'Amman Plan', as the master-plan that Maani has overseen has been officially known, dealt with the future metropolitan growth of Amman, the intensification of the urban fabric inside the existing urban envelope, the protection of urban heritage and the formulation of high-rise building regulations that are sensitive to Amman's hilly nature and topography.
Mondher Rayahneh is a Jordanian actor. After studying Dramatic Arts in Yarmouk University, he participated in several TV dramas. He became famous for his roles as knight or prince in Bedouin and Historical series. He received best actor award in Cairo Arab Media Festival for his role as " Awda Abou Taya". He was one of the cast of the TV series "Al Ijtiyah - الاجتياح" that won an International Emmy Award in the Telenovella category.
Princess Salma bint Abdullah
Princess Salma bint Abdullah is the second daughter and third child of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania. Princess Salma is part of the Hashemite family and is reportedly the 44th-generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.
Adnan Badran is a Jordanian scientist, academic and politician. He was the prime minister of Jordan from 7 April 2005 to 27 November 2005.
Toujan al-Faisal is a human rights activist and a former TV journalist, who was Jordan's first female member of parliament.
Hamza Ali Khaled Al-Dardour is a Jordanian footballer who is a forward for Al-Ramtha SC, Jordan U-22, and the Jordan national football team. Many sources misspell his last name "Al-Daradreh".
Khalil Bani Attiah
Khalil Zaid Bani Attiah is a Jordanian professional footballer who plays as a right winger for Al-Faisaly and the Jordan national football team. He has a younger brother named Nourideen Bani Attiah, who plays as a goalkeeper for Al-Faisaly and the Jordan national youth teams.
Ahmad Obeidat was Prime Minister of Jordan from 10 January 1984 to 4 April 1985. He was born in Hartha, Irbid 18 November 1938. Teacher, Ministry of Education, 1957. Officer, Ministry of Finance, Customs Department, 1962. Officer, Public Security Department, 1962‐1964. Officer, General Intelligence Department, 1964‐1974. Director of General Intelligence Department, 1974‐1982. Minister of Interior 1982‐1984. Prime Minister January 1984 ‐ April 1985. Member of the Senate for several periods of time since 1984; member of the Jordan Bar Association since 9 July 1985; UNDP goodwill ambassador, 1990; founder and member of Jordan Environment Society, 1986‐2003 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees currently. Founding member and Chairman of the Jordan National Society for Consumer Protection, 1989; Chairman of the Royal Committee for Drafting the National Charter, 1990‐1991; Deputy Chairman of the Royal Human Rights Commission, appointed on 23 March 2000; Deputy Chairman of the Royal Commission for Judicial Reform, appointed on 31 August 2000; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Human Rights, 19 February 2003 ‐ 1 July 2008; member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Anti‐Corruption Organization; attorney and legal consultant practicing in his private firm as of 1985.
Ayman Adais, also Ayman Idais, is a Jordanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Jordainian team Zain. Adais competed with the Jordanian team in the FIBA Asia Championship when it was held in 2007 and 2009, where he averaged 10.9 points and therefore raised the Jordainian team's points to 4.3. Due to this his team came third place and qualified to compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, where Adais was present.
Anas Jamal Hijah or Anas Hajji is a Jordanian footballer of Palestinian descent, who is an attacking midfielder for Shabab Al-Ordon and the Jordan national football team.
Methkal Abu Drais
Methkal Marouf Abu Drais is a Jordanian long-distance runner. He was born in Alardah. He competed in marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and finished in 56th place.
Ali Abu al-Ragheb
Ali Abu al-Ragheb was the Prime Minister of Jordan from June 19, 2000 until October 25, 2003. He resigned and was replaced by Faisal al-Fayez. Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb was born in Amman, Jordan in 1946. He obtained his BSc in Civil Engineering in 1967 from the University of Tennessee in the United States. Abu Ragheb was partner and managing director of National Engineering and Contracting Co from 1971-1991. He later served as Minister of Industry and Trade in 1991 and in 1995. He was also appointed as Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources in 1991-1993 and was elected to the Jordanian parliament in 1993. Abu Ragheb was appointed Prime Minister and Minister of Defense on the 19th June 2000.
Sulayman al-Nabulsi was a Jordanian political figure who served as Prime Minister of Jordan in 1956–57.
Luma Mufleh is founder and director of Fugees Family, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war. Mufleh founded Fugees Family in 2006 and is currently head coach of the Fugees soccer teams.
Nezar Nawwaf al-Mansur al-Hindawi is a Jordanian who was found guilty of attempting to place a bomb on an El Al flight in Heathrow airport, London on April 17, 1986. Hindawi packed the bomb into the carry-on bag of his pregnant Irish fiancée, Anne Mary Murphy. The bomb was found by El Al security. The incident became known as the Hindawi Affair.
Mudar Mohammad Ayesh Badran is a former Jordanian politician.
Muhammad Abu Tir
Muhammad Hassan Abu Tir is a member of Hamas and a representative on the Palestinian Legislative Council for his East Jerusalem constituency. He was elected to the position in the Palestinian legislative elections that were held on 25 January 2006. Abu Tir is known for his bright orange henna-dyed beard which separates him from most other politicians and members of his community. He tended to keep a low media profile before he was placed in Israeli prison for four years: On June 29, 2006, Abu Tir was arrested by Israeli military authorities in the 2006 Israel-Gaza conflict. He was held until June 2010, after which Israel ordered him to leave the country because he refused to resign from the Hamas legislature. On June, 2010, he was rearrested after he failed to leave East Jerusalem.
Bat-El Gatterer is an Israeli Olympic taekwondo athlete. She was the women's 2010 European featherweight champion.
Suleiman Mawafaq Al-Salman is a Jordanian footballer who is a right back for Al-Ramtha SC. He is a member of the Jordan national football team.