The Palgrave Handbook of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

  • P. R. Kumaraswamy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. P. R. Kumaraswamy
    Pages 1-26
  3. Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Onn Winckler
      Pages 29-47
    3. Françoise De Bel-Air
      Pages 49-68
    4. Miranda Egan Langley
      Pages 69-79
    5. Nanneke Wisman
      Pages 81-92
    6. Chen Bram, Yasmine Shawwaf
      Pages 93-113
  4. Economy and Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Imad El-Anis
      Pages 117-134
    3. Moshe Terdiman
      Pages 135-150
    4. Manjari Singh
      Pages 151-164
    5. Sean Foley
      Pages 165-178
  5. Politics and Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Paul Esber
      Pages 181-194
    3. Alexander Bligh, Gadi Hitman
      Pages 195-213
    4. Ronen Yitzhak
      Pages 215-231
    5. Md. Muddassir Quamar
      Pages 233-242
    6. Graham Jevon
      Pages 243-255
    7. Joas Wagemakers
      Pages 257-276
    8. Avraham Sela
      Pages 277-294
    9. Yitzhak Reiter
      Pages 295-309
    10. Hillel Frisch
      Pages 311-322
    11. Artur Malantowicz
      Pages 323-340
    12. Donna Robinson Divine
      Pages 341-353
  6. Foreign Policy and Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Victoria Silva Sánchez
      Pages 357-371
    3. Faisal Odeh Al-Rfouh
      Pages 373-392
    4. Md. Muddassir Quamar
      Pages 393-406
    5. Meron Medzini
      Pages 407-420
    6. Russell E. Lucas
      Pages 421-433
    7. Tally Helfont
      Pages 447-461
    8. Hayat Alvi
      Pages 463-475
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 477-536

About this book


This Handbook presents a broad yet nuanced portrait of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, its socio-political rifts, economic challenges, foreign policy priorities and historical complexities.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has traditionally been an oasis of peace and stability in the ever-turbulent Middle East. The political ambitions of regional powers, often expressed in the form of territorial aggrandisement, have followed the Hashemites like an inseparable shadow. The scarcity of natural resources, especially water, has been compounded by the periodic influx of refugees from its neighbours.

As a result, many—Arab and non-Arab alike—have questioned the longevity and survival of Jordan. These uncertainties were compounded when the founding ruler, King Abdullah I, became involved in the nascent Palestinian problem at the end of World War II. The annexation of the eastern part of Mandate Palestine or the West Bank in the wake of the 1948 War transformed the Jordanian demography and sowed the seeds of an uneasy relationship with the Palestinian component of its population, citizens, residents and refugees.

Though better natural resources and stronger leaders have not ensured political stability in many Arab and non-Arab countries, Jordan has been an exception. Indeed, since its formation as an Emirate by the British in 1921, the Kingdom has seen only four rulers, a testimony to the sagacity and political foresight of the Hashemites.

The Hashemites have managed to sustain the semi-rentier model primarily through international aid and assistance, which in turn inhibits Jordan from pursuing rapid political and economic reforms. Though a liberal, multi-religious and multicultural society, Jordan has been hampered by social cleavages especially between the tribal population and the forces of modernization.


West Bank Political Economy Jordan Hamas Migrant Labor Political Reforms Muslim Brotherhood Palestinians Military Christians Developmental Issues Foreign Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • P. R. Kumaraswamy
    • 1
  1. 1.School of International Studies, CWASJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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