Tuesday, 23 May 2000

HM King Abdullah II of Jordan - Bio


Full Name:  عبد الله الثاني بن الحسين‎ (Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein)

Title: King of the Hashemite Kingdom

Birth: 30 January 1962 in Amman, Jordan

Country: Jordan

Monarchs during life: King Hussein (1935-1999)

Relationship to current Monarch: Monarch (February 1999-Present)

Place in line of succession:
  • At Birth: Heir
  • 1965 - January 1999: ? Uncle was named Heir
  • Current: Monarch
Religion: Sunni Islam

Family:
  • Parents: King Hussein (d. 1999) and Princess Muna (Div. 1972) 
    • King Hussein was married 4 time in total. 
  • Marriage:  Married Queen Rania on 10 June 1993
    • Children:
      • Crown Prince Hussein (b. 1994)
      • Princess Iman (b. 1996)
      • Princess Salma (b. 2000)
      • Prince Hashem (b. 2005)
Schooling:
  • Most of his earlier education was in UK or USA
  • University
    • Islamic Educational College (Jordan)
    • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (UK)
    • Pembroke College at Oxford (UK)
    • Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University  (USA)
Job: Full-Time Royal

Previously:
  • Troop Commander in 13th/18th Royal Hussars (British Army)
  • Jordanian Army
  • Royal Jordanian Air Force 
  • Jordan's Special Forces
Residence: ?

Causes: Peace, Tolerance, Interfaith Dialogue, Human Rights, Education, Health Care

Video of Him speaking:




Quotes:
    "This nation was built on unity and a unifying national identity that embraces all those, who, with dignity and pride in being Jordanian, believe in this country, cherish and defend it. Every citizen is a full partner in the process of building, hard work and giving, and they share rights and duties.
      With the principles it embodies, our country stands strong, proud and dignified. Resilient, it moves forward despite difficult times, while other nations have fallen apart." - Speech on Jordan's 70th Independence Day (2016)
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      "Terrorism is the greatest threat to our region. Terrorist groups, especially the khawarej [outlaws of Islam], threaten many countries in the region and beyond, which makes confronting extremism a shared regional and international responsibility. However, this collective responsibility, in its essence, is our fight as Muslims against those who aim to hijack our societies and future generations." - Speech from the Throne (2015)
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      “Some people say we must create a better tomorrow for our youth. I say we must create a better today…” When receiving the "Revue Politique Internationale Political Courage Prize" (2003)

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