Jordan's current monarch, King Abdullah II, came to the throne in February 1999 after the death of his father, King Hussein. King Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, have four children: Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma, and Prince Hashem.
In July 2009, Prince Hussein was named crown prince, meaning he is the designated heir to the throne.
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Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril by King Abdullah II of Jordan. In a candid memoir, King Abdullah discusses the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, the impact of the Iraq war, and more.
Hussein and Abdullah: Inside the Jordanian Royal Family by Randa Habib. During his 46-year reign, King Hussein of Jordan preserved his kingdom and maintained its neutrality. Today, King Abdullah II is following in his father's footsteps. The author draws on 25 years of access to King Hussein to tell the story of his era and modern Jordan.
Jordan: A Hashemite Legacy by Beverly Milton-Edwards, Peter Hinchcliffe. An overview of the history of Jordan and its role in a region. The main focus is on King Hussein's reign.
A History of Jordan by Philip Robins. Survey of Jordan's political history from the early 1920s to the present day. The country's fortunes were closely identified with King Hussein until his death in 1999. The king's prospects were often regarded as grim, but king and country survived.
The Social and Economic Origins of Monarchy in Jordan by Tariq Moraiwed Tell. Examines the resilience of the Hashemite monarchy and the sources of its power under Ottoman, British, and post-colonial Hashemite rule.
Jordan: A Timeless Land by Christa Paula, David Saunders, and Ammar Khammash; foreword by Queen Rania. From the beginning of time, Jordan has been important due to its unique location. This book offers photographs and chapters on Jordan's history from the prehistoric era to modern times.
Historical Dictionary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by Peter Gubser. Includes brief biographies of key leaders, information on social trends, and a historical sketch from ancient times to the 20th century.
The Rough Guide to Jordan by Matthew Teller. This travel guide includes information on Jordan's history and culture.
A Modern History of Jordan by Kamal S. Salibi. Looks at the history of modern Jordan and the political success of its ruling dynasty.
The Kingdom of Jordan by Raphael Patai.
Jewels of the Kingdom: The Heritage of Jordan by Peter Vine.
The Rise and Fall of the Hashemite Kingdom of Arabia by Joshua Teitelbaum. The Hashemite Kingdom of Arabia was forged during the First World War. Its leader, Sharif Husayn ibn 'Ali, proclaimed himself king of the Arab countries, but the Allies recognised him only as king of the Hijaz. Husayn was the father of Jordan's first king, Abdullah I, and Iraq's first king, Faisal I.
The Hashemite Kings by James Morris. Published in 1959. Out of print, but available at Alibris.
A Bridge Across the Jordan: The Friendship Between a Jewish Carpenter and the King of Jordan by Adaia Shumsky. The king in the title is Abdullah I.
Britain and Jordan: Imperial Strategy, King Abdullah I and the Zionist Movement by Tancred Bradshaw. A look at the complex and often strained relations between the emerging states of Jordan, Israel, and the British Empire.
The Politics of Partition: King Abdullah, the Zionists and Palestine, 1921-1951 by Avi Shlaim. Chronicles King Abdullah's relationship with the Zionist movement from his appointment as emir of Transjordan in 1921 to his assassination in 1951.
King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan by Mary C. Wilson. The first in-depth study of the historical and personal circumstances that made Abdullah I one of the most controversial figures in modern Middle East history.
To Be a Muslim: Islam, Peace, and Democracy by Prince El Hassan bin Talal. The author -- brother of Jordan's late King Hussein -- explains Islam's basic tenets and its history of peace and tolerance. Chapters by former U.S. senator David L. Boren and American ambassador Edward J. Perkins set the prince's remarks in historical and philosophical context.
Moab in the Iron Age: Hegemony, Polity, Archaeology by Bruce Routledge. The kingdom of Moab was located in what is now Jordan.
King Abdullah II by Heather Lehr Wagner. Biography of Jordan's current king for young adult readers.
Queen Rania Al-abdullah by Leia Tait. Biography of Jordan's current queen for children ages 9 to 12.
Queen Rania of Jordan by Mary Englar. Biography for children ages 4 to 8.
The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Lily and Salma don't quite understand each other's tastes, but does that mean they can't be friends? For children ages 4 to 8.
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Jordan: Kingdom of the Desert. A documentary from 2000.
Jordan: The Desert Kingdom. A 1995 documentary.
YouTube: Queen Rania's Channel