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Queen Noor

noor_hpthumbHer Majesty Queen Noor is an international public servant and an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. She plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, as well as conflict prevention and recovery. Her Majesty chairs the King Hussein Foundation (KHF) which she founded in 1999 to build on her late husband’s humanitarian legacy in Jordan, in the Middle East and abroad as well as the Noor Al Hussein Foundation which she founded in the 1980s to facilitate sustainable social and economic advancement throughout Jordan.

In 2007, KHF US launched a Media and Humanity Program to promote film and media projects that highlight shared values across cultural and political divides with special emphasis on the Middle East and Muslim world. Her Majesty was also co-founder of the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund to promote and support media content that enhances cross-cultural understanding. In October 2009, the Alliance merged with Soliya, a non-profit industry leader in using new media technologies to foster cross-cultural understanding. Queen Noor is a Founder, President or actively involved in a number of international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery among which are Global Zero – an international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons, United World Colleges – a global education for peace network, Refugees International, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She has published two books, “Hussein of Jordan” (2000), and “Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life” (2003), a New York Times bestseller.

Her Majesty Queen Noor’s great-grandfather, Elias Halaby, came to New York around 1891 as one of the earliest Syrian immigrants to the United States. A Christian and provincial treasurer or magistrate in the Ottoman Empire, Halaby left Syria accompanied by his two eldest sons. His wife Almas and their five remaining children joined Elias in 1894. He died three years later, leaving his teenage sons, Habib and Najeeb (Her Majesty’s grandfather), to take over his import business. An enterprising young man, Najeeb moved to Dallas in the 1910s and assimilated rapidly into American society. Her Majesty was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University and became the Queen of Jordan upon her marriage to His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal in 1978. She has four children, Their Royal Highnesses Princes Hamzah and Hashim and Princesses Iman and Raiyah, and three grandchildren, Princesses Halaah bint Hashim, Haya bint Hamzah, and Raiyah bint Hashim.

  • Marco

    Actually her grandfather being a Syrian probably had not a drop of Arab blood in him at all. If she wants to know about her fathers background she has to know about the ancient Syrian civilization and how they were conquered by Arabs and the Arab culture imposed on them.

  • Marzouq

    Actually you don’t know what are you talking about.

  • Akr Jordan

    Marco,
    As Marzouq says ” Actually you don’t know what are you talking about “. The Arabs
    have been in Syria for such a long time. The Arabs didn’t conquer Syria, 14 centuries
    ago the armies of Prophet Mohammad conquered Syria who was Arab at the time for
    the cause of spreading Islam religion in that area which was not Moslem at the time
    but was Arab indeed.
    So please Marco go back and read some history books.

  • Serge

    Akr Jordan’s account is a bit strange. There was no such thing as “Arabs” before the last half-century or so: this is a way of thinking about identity that was created as part of 20th century nationalism, and certainly it is not how the very significant Levantine immigration to the U.S. of the earlier 20th century — most of which is assimilated into America’s “white” population — thought of itself. As to describing the Levant’s pre-Umayyad population as “Arab”, i.e. prior to their conquest by the Arabians, this is plainly ridiculous, even filtered through modern biases.

  • George Gotthard

    Syria: 3-rd millenium BC, Amorites, 2-nd millenium BC, Canaanites, 1100 BC Aramaeans, Hittites 10-th century BC, Assyrians 8-th century BC, Babylonians + Chaldeans 7-th century BC, Persians 6-th century BC, greeks 333 BC, Romans 63 BC, part of Byzantine Empire 395 AD, overrun by arabs 633-636 AD. Converted to Islam after that. Umayyad caliphate 651-750 AD, under Seljuk after that under Ottoman Turks (until 2-nd world war). Joined the Arab League 1945.
    Language: definitely arabic. Ethnicity very mixt.

  • Laura Saxton

    Her Magesty would probably smile to think that ‘her story’ is creating some chatter. Educated as she is, I think she knows where her family originated. Check out Leap of Faith if you want to learn about Jordanian culture and politics. Very interesting.

  • Mark Carlquist

    Laura, Great point. In fact, Her Majesty Queen Noor’s “story” transcends her family’s origins. Her story is one of a good and decent person who continues to forge an identity for herself based on her passion and commitment to the causes of peace and understanding.

  • Visionary

    …and your point?

  • Darlene Clark

    The current king of Jordan and his younger brother both attended school in Deerfield, MA. They attended Deerfield Acadamy and graduated from there. Every once in awhile we read about his coming by helicopter to visit the school. We are all very proud of him even if we did not meet him. He has been in articles in our newspaper along with his brother. We like to read about his wanting to make his country a peaceful one. God bless him and his family.

  • Lance Powers

    Queen Noor is just a fascinating and captivating person. Gates series is excellent. I am enthralled by it.

  • Arthur Sudfield

    Her Majesty Queen Noor is a most extraordinary and courageous woman. I learned much about her and her life with King Hussein through “Leap of Faith”. Dr. Gates’ interview with the Queen is most poignant as well. She is one of the leaders of the world who I would be honoured to meet some day.

  • TJ

    “The Arabs didn’t conquer Syria” directly conflicts with “14 centuries ago the armies of Prophet Mohammad conquered Syria,” unless you are claiming that somehow Muhammad and his armies were not Arabs (which would be nuts to claim). This is extremely basic logic. I’ve read history books; you need to read a book on basic logic.

    Since Muhammad and his early army were Arab (as in, from the Arabian peninsula), a group of Arabs obviously conquered Syria. The fact that the native Syrians happened to be Semites doesn’t negate the fact that it was conquered by the armies of Muhammad from the Arabian peninsula.

    A Christian from Syria probably doesn’t have any ancestors from the Arabian peninsula (if they did, they’d likely be Muslim, because almost always those born to Muslim parents can’t change religion). Rather their ancestors are from Semitic groups outside of Arabia (from the Levant, specifically). If you want to call them ‘Arabs’ because (like Jews) their linguistic system was closely related to (but definitely far from identical to) that spoken in the Peninsula, go ahead that’s fine, but this is hair-splitting. They don’t have ancestors from the Arabian Peninsula. They are Levantine Semites. And as you admit yourself, they certainly *were* conquered by people from the Peninsula.

    I’d have left this topic alone but your contradiction within the same sentence is maddening. Please read up on basic logic.

  • TJ

    Their languages were related, but then again Hebrew is also related to both, and IIRC historically the language spoken in Syria is more closely related to Hebrew than to the language spoken in the Peninsula. It is a different branch of the Semitic language family from those spoken in the Peninsula.

    The whole region generally also happens to be related. The language family that includes Semitic and ancient Egyptian and Berber and various other Near Eastern and North African anguages is called “Afro-Asiatic”. It is a sister language family group to Indo-European (In which you find English, Gaelic, French, Russian, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, etc.).

    By the logic that says, “since the pre-Islamic Levantine Semites spoke a related non-identical language to that spoken in the Arabian penninsula, and are of a related but non-identical genetic group, they are Arabs” you could easily by that standard claim the Jews are Arabs. Arguably you even could say everyone from Ireland to Russia is Arab (the languages and gene pool are related though non-identical). Thus you need some totally arbitrary and inconsistent degree of “non-identical” specified, or you need some other extra criteria, in order to apply the term in a justifiable way.

    Post-Islam, that extra criteria for using the term is cultural ties to the Arabian peninsula, specifically having had the Islamic religion, language, and political system put into place of cultural dominance (yes, often by conquerors). This is why Egyptians–who are far more distantly related from both Peninsula and Levantine Semites than are the Jews–are sometimes called Arab. However, the Islam-based reason for use of the term ‘Arab’ outside the Peninsula makes little sense when talking about the time before Islam existed to tie these different areas together culturally.

  • mido aboshihata

    Gates did a wonderful job of hosting the show and getting his guests to share these experiences. I love how she shared her story and how she talked about the traditions she held. Her father was the great NaJeeb Halaby who was pointed by John F Kennedy as the head of the FAA.

    http://bit.ly/4V48ZO

  • Elias Salam

    -Elias Halaby (name, location, profession) was probably Jewish-Christian, who emphasized his Christianity when migrating to the States. Genetically, he was probably of Mediterranean ancestry (Judea-Lebanese-Turk) than Assyrian. Odds are against him being Arabian (a genetically small pool principally from coastal Iraq through the Arabian peninsula to Somalia. The first Islamic conquest was mostly locally conscripted armies with western Arabian peninsula officers. Under Suleiman the Magnificent, the TURKS spread their gene pool extensive through the Islamic world.

    Queen Noor’s side was Swedish, if I am not mistaken.

  • nikko

    Wonder if “Air Jordan” was an Arab? Does anyone know?? LIghten up its the USA “UNITED” being the point of all of this…

  • Richard Khuzami

    It is so interesting for me…I come from the same mixed family, Lebanese Christian and European, my father coming to America (Brooklyn) during the same immigration of the early 20th century. And we also did not grow up in the Arab community, but in neighborhoods where we were the only Middle Eastern family.
    I am the only one in my family who embraced his Middle Eastern background, traveling often there, involved in trade, and performing the music of the region here in the USA. I still today perform in NYC. I have nothing but pride in my Lebanese background.
    It is painful to have the blanket of distrust that other Americans feel for those of middle eastern descent. But nothing is static: attitudes will change. If nothing else, the middle east teaches us that the patience of history will prevail.
    As far as what defines an Arab, there is no pure ethnicity anywhere in the world. It is just a moment in time.

  • francis fox

    i have not seen lisa halaby…. queen noor …… since childhood ….. washington d c …….

    our fathers worked aviation era … with jfk administration ……project horizon ….

    francis fox …. general manager lax ….. halaby … head of faa….. and pres of pan am ….

    great show…. francis fox jr…..

  • Gulshanin

    Marco: Please study the History with open minded. Majority of Syrians were and are Arabs.
    And were Christians, and some converted to Islam.
    Just like Queen Noor after marriage accepted Islam, but I doubt if she is a practicing Muslim.
    Salaam/Peace.

  • Patrick

    I have a great respect and affection for Queen Noor, and this documentary has only reaffirmed that.

    She’s such a warm, intelligent person. Her book was such a thoughtful exploration of a world and a faith that many of us in America know and understand very little about.

    And I loved her comments re: the Irish in NYC, and drawing the line between cartoonists demonizing and stereotyping the Irish in the 1800s, just as they do with the Arab/Muslim world now.

    Her appearance had such light and dignity to it. Her prayers at her ancestor’s graves moved me. The lives of her forefathers seemed to affect her more deeply than some of the other participants.

  • Anne Hassan

    The fact that Lisa Halaby would deride stereotyping folks ís unfortunate, since she was the consort to the King (and mother of the first in line to the throne) of a of a dictatorial monarchy which is, to this very day, guilty of innumerable human rights violations, including institutional persecution of ethnic and religious minorities. A political cartoon is surely far less painful than what many citizens (and certainly foreign workers) of Jordan experience everyday. Her PR campaign, as well as those others carried on by the royal family, do little to actually help the people of their country. It would be a far greater thing, in the name of her late husband, to providing schools, job trining and health facilities for their people. Much of what they do involves putting on a smiley face for American camera crews, in an effort to make Americans love Arabs. I love Arabs, but I do not love the idea of a dictatorial, theocratically driven, monarchical government in 2010. Many immigrants came to this country to escape just such a thing, as well as the crushing poverty faced by most Jordanians. I love this series, but am sorely disappointed that she was chosen, as I find her the antithesis of everything American. It is a slap in the face to the thousands and thousands of young Jordanians, unable to book steerage passage as they did in the olden days, who “enjoy” an appalling standard of living. Why do Americans want to romance figures like King Hussain (or Abdullah), but decry Bashar Assad as a tyrranical dictator. Neither are evil and neither are holy. They are just humans.

  • Hana Gordan

    Queen Noor has done, and continues to do a lot of what Anne suggests is needed — through her foundations. She founded a school for underprivileged children, a family health institute that serves primarily women and children, a leading microfinance organization that provides loans to women to start small businesses, a massive job training initiative for rural communities, and so much more. Read about her work at http://www.NoorAlHusseinFoundation.org. The current Queen Rania also has many important initiatives in education, women’s economic development, etc. Jordan is only 60+ years old so it is a young country that is struggling to grow in a global economy, with very little resources and scarcity of basics like water.

  • Joanette Godoy

    It is a very positive move of Dr. Gates to have the privilege of tracing what exists of Her Majesty’s Queen Noor of Jordan ancestry. I do not think that anyone can precisely trace where there bloodline begins but for whatever it is worth viewing and also seeing a woman such as Queen Noor continue to strive to do what she can as a human being to make the world better. Poverty regardless of high the magnitude is world wide will never be conquered as we can clearly see in this modern day world. Look at Haiti for example all they had were tyrants and dictators ruling a poverty stricken country. Even after the earthquake I truly hope that good and positive changes take place for those that have survived the earthquake. For those that speak negatively of Queen Noor you should not fault her for who she is and for the privilege life that she continues to lead. She is one of many monarchs and or people that have power of high recognition that received what was meant for her. Perhaps we need to begin change we taking a look at ourselves and changing the way we think and view others regardless of their heritage and ethnicity.

    Some people can be their own worst enemy let go of the resents or at least try to and maybe you get some of the answers to your own issues instead of lashing out on others. Remember life is not always fair!

  • JC

    Is there any place online where we can see and read those newspaper articles that were published about her grandfather’s family? Thanks!

  • miriam

    The episode on Noor omitted important information. What is the name of the cemetary in Brooklyn where her grandfather was buried? I am from the Brooklyn Syrian/Lebanese community and they were all buried in one cemetary. Also, Gates mentioned they were Christian but did not specify which faith? They must have been either “Syrian orthodox” (eastern Orthodox) or Maronite Catholic. Also very important, that would have enlightened viewers unfamiliar with the Christian religions predominant in Syria and Lebanon. Also I would like to add I have my grandfathers citizenship papers. He had to take a test in both Arabic and English, and had to sign a paper–written in French–renouncing his allegiance to the Sultan of Turkey. If you want to see those papers, I can scan them and send them to Professor Gates.

  • Grace

    @ Mirian: You can find the answer from the credits of this video. It is probably one of the three: the “Green-Wood Cemetery”, the “Mt. Auburn Cemetery”, or the “House of the Redeemer”. Since I do not live in New York, I would not know which one is closest to Brooklyn. I am sure you can find that out. Hope this helps.

  • K.Harper

    It is Greenwood Cemetary, very historical and famous. Lots of interesting and noteworthy people buried there including my own grandparents

  • doctoratemath

    I am so honored to hear your interview your majesty. I read your book leap of faith two times and i enjoyed it so much. You are a lady and will always be our queen. As and arab american, originally from jordan, i have always admired and respected you and all your hard work that you do for the jordanian people and specially the women. May god always bless you and your children and grandchildren as well. May his light always shine upon you. You keep out heads always high and proud. Keep up the good work you majesty. I would love to meet you in person one day. God bless you always and give you long healthy life.

  • Lorna

    “There was no such thing as “Arabs” before the last half-century or so:”

    Serge: Arabs are mentioned in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testament. For instance, Arabs are one of the ethnic groups mentioned as being present at the day of Pentecost. ( Acts 2:5-13)

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    In this case why does the Syrian Y-DNA pool closely resemble other Levantine countries, and is much further from Saudi Arabia or Yemen? Can you answer me this?

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    “Not a drop” is certainly too far fetched. First of all, remember how much ancestors earch one of us has when we go back deeper and deeper into the ages. It is statistically very unlikely that NOT A SINGLE Arab person entered the ancestry of a Syrian/Lebanese Christian.

    End even more important is that the Arabs ARE recorded in Syria as early as 200AD (remember the Nabateans, Philipp the Arab, Palmyra and so on). And many of those Arabs embraced Christianity.

    Yes, Y-DNA shows that true Arabs never made o majority of the population of Syria. Maybe, they only made and make only a negligable percent of the population. But that is quite different from “not a drop”.

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    Her direct female line is Scottish.

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    “There was no such thing as “Arabs” before the last half-century or so” is certainly not a correct way to put it, but Serge was talking about a completely different matter.

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    Laura, most of us, including Queen Noor, probably know too little about our ancestry. Very little people in Lebanon have documented evidence from what population their line descenden. Most people in Syria would think that they are descended from Arabs, however, from the Y-DNA data we know that they are not.

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    I love Middle East too much as well, eventhough I don’t have any tracable blood from there.

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    Of course, your Bush and Obama are “holy” and “leaders of the free world”… LOL…

    >> and certainly foreign workers) of Jordan experience everyday.

    Who insists on them to come there?

    >> Many immigrants came to this country to escape just such a thing

    So let them not dictate others if they have their own problems.

  • Sergei_Sidoroff
  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    Dear Your Majesty,

    Please, please, please ask your family to do a Y-DNA test.

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    So, what is Her Majesty’s haplogroup???

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    >> Queen Noor: “And my father’s family, which to this day has frustrated her (my mother) immensely, came from the Arab World, came from Syria, Lebanon…”

    Did she not know whom she was marrying?

    Anybody forced her?

  • nadia

    I am of Lebanese ancestry and I want to clear something up here. While people of the Levant may indeed have very little Arab blood in the in our veins — defining Arab here as being from Saudi Arabia and surrounding areas — the people of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt do consider themselves “Arabic” because we share in the greater Arab culture. My family is fair like Queen Noor and people are often surprised to learn that we are Lebanese or Arabic but that says more about their limited knowledge than about Lebanon and the Arab world. Almost every Lebanese person I know considers himself or herself to be Arabic, even if we are frustrated with the culture of the Khaleej or Gulf Arabs. I admit that I do not like being lumped in the with the regressive Saudis and yet what to do? It is what it is. I know one very sad & pathetic Lebanese man who wants to be called Phoenician instead of Arabic but all of us laugh at his stupidity. Yes, the Phoenicians are our ancestors and we are proud of them. Yet, we no longer speak Phoenician and are past the time of Hannibal and Elyssa of Tyre. We speak Arabic — or rather a Lebanese version of Arabic with French & English thrown in. We share in the greater Arab cutlure that emanates from North Africa, the Levant and the Gulf. This really came home to me when I went to college and met non-Lebanese Arab-Americans. I had been always been taught that Lebanese were different than the rest of the Middle East but I soon came to see how much in common I had also with Egyptians, Jordanians, and other Arabs as well as with Lebanese. They knew who Fairuz was and I knew who Umm Kulthum was. There were differences — we ate kibbeh (raw meat) and the non-Lebs were not having that! And yet there were the shared foods like hummus, pita and turkish coffee. I can be distinctly Lebanese and yet also acknowledge the common culture I share with the Arabic peoples of North Africa and the Gulf in addition to the Levant. For the sake of clarity, I do wish that we would do like the folks in Spain. People in Spain are Spanish and the peoples of the former colonies are Hispanic. It would be nice if Arabs specifically meant Saudi Arabia and the gulf while Arabic referred to those who spoke Arabic (North Africa, Levant). That’s a small quibble though. Queen Noor is clearly a smart woman. She defines herself as Arab or Arabic because she understands that in the important ways of *culture* that is her heritage. Whether or not she has Gulf Arab ancestors is not what’s important.

  • PFS

    Actually, you cut the end off the sentence. If one reads ” 14 centuries ago the armies of Prophet Mohammad conquered Syria who was Arab at the time” it is not inherently contradictory, as it describes one group of Arabs conquering another group of Arabs. It is possible that “who was Arab at the time” only describes the armies of Mohammad, but given the context of the sentence and its structure that is unlikely. At most one can complain that Akr Jordan is vague.

    I’d have left this topic alone but your shoddy reasoning and inability to grasp separate nouns within the same sentence is maddening. Please read up on basic comprehension.

  • rania

    This is America we all come from different places and this is its beauty . To be equal and united that was the objective and that’s the point. Not your color or your religion.
    It’s a great show and an excellent host.

  • Seemeen Kamran

    Queen Noor is a great person. She gave a wonderful speech at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning on March 6,2010 at the Hilton in New York. I think she deserves great praise for the work is doing to bring people closer and to create tolerance.She is a role model for all of us who want to make a difference.

  • Sergei_Sidoroff

    Nadia, please don’t judge and dishonor other people based on your personal understanding of the subject…

    Also, you’re contradicting yourself: on the one hand you say “Almost every Lebanese person I know considers himself or herself to be Arabic”; and than you say “I had been always been taught that Lebanese were different than the rest of the Middle East”.

    If I know who Fairuz and Umm Kulthum are, does that make me Arabic?

  • Meeradas

    Amen to that!!

  • Rivka

    Whatever you want to say; Arab, Syrian, Lebanese, it’s really all about the food! I’ve traveled the world and Middle Eastern/North African cuisine is, imo, the very best. Healthful for the most part, fresh, and utterly delicious. Fortunately we have many Middle Eastern Americans in my city and my choices are many and varied. Eat well, my friends!

  • Bill C

    This woman is a whore who traded access to her pussy for a life of luxury. Why would anyone want to give her a second of their time? She has done nothing other than drop her panties for the King and now all of us are supposed to hang on her every word. She needs to get a clue and hide out in the Hamptons or some other location where she can spend her inheritance. Maybe an even better idea would be for her to give her inheritance back to her Jordanian “subjects” who are the source of her wealth. She is a disgusting disgrace. Screw her.

  • Marine

    Amen to that

  • Marisa

    @Bill C. – another angry bitter ignorant man. Get a life. I enjoyed reading the postings until I came to your vulgar and unecessary diatribe.

  • Margaret

    Noor converted to Islam when she married King Hussein. She’s a practising Muslim, if she’s part of the Royal Family of Jordan.

  • Amanda

    I am originally from SE Asian who is not indigenous to SE Asia. Based on my knowledge from the hobby of reading history, I am very sad to say that only Nadia is correct about the description/ the meaning of Arab. Simply put, iIt is about the culture rather than ethnicity.

  • Jimmy_Glasgow

    @Bill C. – what an inarticulate ignoramus.

    I have never had the pleasure of meeting Queen Noor but knew her father well. Your assessment is not only vulgar but factually incorrect. Perhaps yoi should consider crawling back under your rock.

    She is a qualified engineer. Her father was a successful businessman, lawyer, naval pilot and head of the FAA (where he made some dubious decisions). Please contrast with your own life achievements.

    Arab – a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsulaAND surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa

  • Mike Rega

    I’ve quickly scanned the comments found here…and I’m dismayed. Good people, it’s very clear that for many of you…things were brought up in the segments devoted to Queen Noor that are of intense interest to you. Room must and should be made for discussion of your views. But, please, let us grant some room and time for the person who is Queen Noor and for the superb quality of the broadcast as well. To keep it short–I have zero interest in celebrity in any form. While I’ll certainly grant the benefit of the doubt to everyone…respect is always earned…and that is a two way street. Last night my attitude was rewarded. There is now an entirely new group of people in my life that I can and will respect as human beings. People I so wish I could invite to dinner…with those they love…to meet them and to introduce to them those I love. And as to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. can we not agree that this man brings a grace, respect and a deep calm dignity, really to the point of unaffected elegance, to each human moment? In sum, this is no mere TV Show…this is something else entirely…and I find myself deeply grateful for the experience.

  • Jimmy

    Currently, Queen Noor is having an affair with Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire.

    http://www.kabobfest.com/2009/02/romance-revealed-between-carlos-slim-and-queen-of-jordan.html

    Isn’t adultery punishable by death in Jordan?

  • Meriem

    This show is fascinating and tells how much we are more alike than different still I am always so appalled at how people always try so had to prove to themselves and others that they are not Arabs .That is so sad whatever my DNA says I am Arabs because Arabic culture is my culture among others .I never tested my DNA I would love to find out about those who came before me and make it possible for me to be here but since i don’t see any ethnic group , race , human being lesser than another I am always puzzled by this anti Arab sentiment . Even if you wanted to believe you are of a ” pure” ” not Arab soiled ” blood you are not if you come from the middle east , north Africa and Spain and many other part of the world chances are some Arab somewhere fathered or mothered any one of your ancestors and that is fine .in a family of 8 sibling some of us could pass for anything under the sun .Please let us all respect those who bore us and others ,take pride in the accomplishment we actually have a hand in and stop dissing others

  • casual observer

    Jimmy, how can she be committing adultery if her spouse is deceased? Fornication perhaps but not adultery.

  • royal fan

    Queen Noor is not the mother of the direct heir; Ali and Hamzah are 5th and 7th in line currently in the line of succession. King Abdullah II’s eldest son is the heir apparent.

  • brian

    Hello, I have scanned/read through these postings to find an answer that was not clear on the broadcasted program. How far back (dates) were you able to trace Her Majesty Queen Noors line? It looked to be the oldest one you worked on. Thank you.

  • Sihaam

    Syrians are mix people from complex background and history. It is illogical to claim there are no Arab blood in them after being conquered for let’s say over two thousand years. They are linguistically and culturally Arab nation who are of mix blood. Greeks, Romans, Jews, Assyrians, persians, Arabs, Turks, Angelo (let’s not forget the Crusaders) and so and so. An Italian man once said that “look around you, can see how many cultures have come and and screw around”..and I looked at Italy a little different after that and it is a beautiful place because of it.

  • HKC

    As a “Westerner” the complexity of the Middle East (which I understand is a strange term for people from that general area) is daunting. I’m amazed to read these discussions about this kind of blood or that.

    My parents and their ancestors come from what is modern Germany. The Nazis made a big deal about what they called the Aryan race. Turns out that concept is baloney (an apt word choice maybe). I have come to realize how genetically mixed the Germans are… even before WWII. For example, I didn’t even know about Sorbians until recently – a Slavic population that was absorbed into German groups over the centuries (The Swedish actor Max von Sydow is part Sorb). Many Huguenots fled to Germany and eventually intermarried (French blood – but were the French and Germans THAT different in terms of genes anyway?). No doubt there was some Roman blood mixed in centuries ago.

    And so it goes….

    In the end, it all comes back to one thing…. we ALL belong to the human race – something beautiful; something ugly. Try to tip the balance in favour of the good/beautiful.

  • Sarah

    Marco is right.

  • mdnkc

    God’s word says that in the loins of Noah’s three sons Shem, Ham and Japeth, were all the nations of the world. Has anyone of you ever read the first book of the Bible? It’s called Genisis. Everyone’s DNA goes back to one of the three sons and their wives or Noah and his wife. THERE ARE NO OTHER CHOICES! Grow up!
    Queen Noor is a beautiful woman and her story was interesting. God Bless Her! She seems like a person that you would be proud to call friend.

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