Jerusalem: Hashemite Quest for Legitimacy

  • Yitzhak ReiterEmail author


Jordan’s position regarding Jerusalem changed over time with the aim to maintain Hashemite legitimacy while coping with many internal and regional challenges, namely, Israel, Palestinian, and Arab neighbours. Jordan’s policy emanates mainly from the quest of the Hashemite monarchs for legitimacy as rulers of Jordan in light of political challenges from the Palestinians of both banks of the Jordan River, from the Israelis and other competing Arab states. The custodianship over the third Islamic holy site—Al-Haram al-Sharif—serves the Hashemite Jordan as a religious symbol of legitimacy, underlining some 700 years of Hashemite leadership of Mecca as servants of the holy shrines of Islam to be complemented with a special attachment to the Nobel Sanctuary in Jerusalem.


Legitimacy Jordan Hashemites Jerusalem Al-Quds Al-Haram al-Sharif Waqf King Abdullah I King Hussein King Abdullah II 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ashkelon Academic CollegeAshkelonIsrael

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