King Abdullah II of Jordan has influence in Jordan and around the world due to his lineage in the Hashemite family, his custodianship of the Islamic and Christian holy sites of Jerusalem and activism on various fronts—from freedom of the press and reformed domestic policy to international diplomacy. He is noted for having developed Jordan’s free market economy, arts and culture scene, as well as addressing issues of homelessness and poverty. He has initiated domestic political reform aiming to establish a parliamentary government.
King Abdullah II is a member of the Hashemite family and the 42nd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad through the line of the Prophet’s grandson Al Hasan. The Hashemites, or Bani Hashem, link back to the tribe of Quraish; Hashem was the name of the Prophet’s great-grandfather. King Abdullah II is thus a member of the Aal al Bayt (the family of the Prophet Muhammad).
The Hashemite family ruled Mecca from 1201 CE to 1925 CE and other branches of the family have ruled Mecca from 500 CE, when Qusayy, the grandfather of Hashem, became Mecca’s first king. The Hashemite dynasty is the oldest ruling dynasty in the Islamic world, and the second-oldest in the world, after that of Japan.
As custodian of the Muslim holy sites in the city of Jerusalem, King Abdullah II maintains a unique prestige in the region. He has gone on record in March 2010 to condemn Israel’s inclusion of West Bank religious sites in its national heritage list.
King Abdullah II has proven influence at the forefront of a global intrafaith movement, through the creation of the Amman Message; a call for greater intra-religious tolerance and unity in Islam that was endorsed by representatives from all major Muslim groups in 2004. King Abdullah II is credited with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for
Islamic Thought’s most authoritative website on the Qur’an and tafsir or Qur’anic exegesis (see p. 159 and
www.altafsir.com). King Abdullah II is also noted for founding the new World Islamic Sciences and Education University in Jordan (www.wise.edu.jo). In 2012 he launched the Integral Chairs initiative (see p. 179).
King Abdullah II is the leading player in the dialogue for peace in Israel-Palestine. He has constantly and openly called for discussion in the negotiations toward a two-state solution. He is also lauded as an interfaith leader for his
support of the 2007 initiative, A Common Word— a groundbreaking initiative in Christian-Muslim engagement
(www.acommonword.com). He was also the initiator and driving force behind the recently adopted UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Resolution, marking the first week of February an annual celebration of faiths.
Amman: June 19 -- (BNA)-- HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan departed from Amman today embarking on an official visit to the British Capital, London. The Jordanian News Agency (Petra) reported that HM King Abdullah ...
Manama: June 9 -- (BNA)-- His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, dispatched a congratulatory cable to his brother HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein of the ...and more »
His Majesty King Abdullah, along with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, recently visited Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort at the Dead Sea, which is owned by the Social Security Corporation (SSC), to officially inaugurate the ...
Amman, June 16 (Petra) - His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Sunday, received President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini and discussed with him cooperation between Jordan and the UEFA. During the meeting, attended by ...
His Majesty King Abdullah, along with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, on Sunday 26.05.13 inaugurated the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort at the Dead Sea, which is owned by the Social Security Corporation (SSC). Touring the ...and more »
... with the Ministry of Transport of Jordan and the Arab Union of Land Transport (AULT), and hosted by IRU's Jordanian Member, the Royal Automobile Club of Jordan (RACJ), under the high patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein.and more »
AMMAN (Petra) - Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah II, His Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II on Tuesday patronized the celebration to honor the winners of the King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness. The Crown Prince handed out ...and more »
Manama, June 11 (BNA) -- His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister received a cable of thanks from His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of the sisterly ...
AMMAN (Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday stressed that the essential goal of Jordan's reform process is to enhance citizens' participation in decision making, which can be achieved through successive parliamentary cycles. He added that one ...
In total, more than 70 public figures, including 30 ministers from 15 countries will join the meeting: H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan ...and more »
Taking the lead in Jordan, the King opened a national dialogue, changed the constitution and changed the government and the intelligence chief. The King also disarmed his own police to avoid violence and has promised parliamentary democracy by January. 2013.
Nevertheless the King has been under pressure because of the difficult economic situation
His Majesty King Abdullah said the Arab Spring ‘can be an opportunity to institutionalize positive change that is necessary for a strong, secure, prosperous future’.