Islam in Jordan: King Abdullah II

The Atlantic recently ran an extensive feature on King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Amid the social and political transformations reshaping the Middle East, can Jordan’s Abdullah II, the region’s most pro-American Arab leader, liberalize his kingdom, modernize its economy, and save the country from capture by Islamist radicals?

The story is lengthy but insightful. It offers a positive look into King Abdullah’s world and family history (he is a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad) as well as his perspective on how he and his country are currently situated in the Arab World.

Read the full story here.

The feature includes:

  • King Abdullah’s efforts to expand political participation in Jordan.
  • His position as a semi-absolute monarch and desire to modernize.
  • His complaints of political forces — both inside and out.
  • How he and his family fight corruption charges or just bad press.
  • How he handled and continues to handle the Arab Spring.
  • The king’s and country’s relationship with Israel and America.
  • His candid thoughts on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Egypt’s Mohammad Morsi, Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • His own personal admiration for the West.
  • The king’s thoughts on his crown prince, son Hussein.

Global Initiative recognizes that there are two sides to every story and that there might be those outside the Jordanian royal family that see life in Jordan in a different light. We recommend this story as one that gives insight into how King Abdullah of Jordan views his situation.

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