Biographical encyclopedia of the modern Middle East and by Michael R. Fischbach

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Although he was not the subject of political gossip and intrigue like some of King Hussein’s children, or as much in the news as other siblings, Abdullah’s private life nonetheless was fast paced, as his father’s had been. He still enjoys automobile racing, parachuting, scuba diving, and other water sports, and is an avid motorcyclist. In June 1993, Abdullah married Rania al-Yasin, a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian whose family originally came from the West Bank city of Tulkarm. They eventually had four children.

Seymali Ould Hemed Wall, son of renowned griot Mennina Mint Aliyen, was an early leader of this effort but later was instrumental in developing a musical style featuring a more prominent incorporation of Arab musical influences. audience to the music. Increasingly perceived as entertainers and creative artists, griots/griottes began to lose their traditional dependence upon the patronage of the higher warrior caste and became highly desired performers for weddings, social events, and state ceremonies.

His English mother, Princess Muna (ne Antoinette ‘‘Toni’’ Avril Gardiner), was Hussein’s second wife. Abdullah’s family, the Hashemites of Jordan, claim descent from Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Abdullah himself is considered the Prophet’s 43rd-generation direct BIOGRAPHICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA 15 Abdullah II bin Hussein BIOGRAPHICAL HIGHLIGHTS Name: Abdullah II bin Hussein Birth: 1962, Amman, Jordan Family: Wife, Queen Rania al-Abdullah (ne´e Rania al-Yasin); two sons, Hussein and Hashim; two daughters, Iman and Salma Nationality: Jordanian Abdullah II bin Hussein.

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