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Old 06-21-2005, 12:14 AM
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Prince Ali bin Nayef, Princess Wejdan (ex-wife), Princess Reema (2nd wife) & Family

Does anyone know who this Princess is? I saw some photos of her opening an art exhibit on petra

http://petra.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Jun/19/4537I.htm
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Old 06-21-2005, 12:39 AM
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She is the wife of Prince Ali of Jordon, who is the son of Prince Naif, 2nd son of King Abdullah I. Her husband's brother, Prince Assem, is the father of Princess Noor Hamzah.

They have three children (1 son and 2 daughters).

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Old 06-21-2005, 12:44 AM
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Thanks! I found this cool article on her. SHe is a pretty cool lady and is 1st cousin to the late KH

Universes in Universe / Contemporary Art from the Islamic World / Issue 5 - January 2004
URL: http://universes-in-universe.de/islam/eng/2004/01/jngfa/interview.html


Interview with Princess Wijdan Ali
Founder of the Royal Society of Fine Arts and the Jordan National Gallery
(Print version)

When we introduced this online magazine last year at the symposium of the Sharjah Biennial, Princess Wijdan Ali offered her collaboration. Without her active assistance, the focus on Jordan of the actual issue would not have been possible. We are very grateful to Princess Wijdan Ali for the time she spent on our email interview, despite her numerous other activities.

Gerhard Haupt and Pat Binder
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Universes in Universe: We read that you were the first woman to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jordan, and the first female diplomat to represent Jordan at the UN. What made you leave the diplomatic world for the art world?

Wijdan Ali: When I joined the Foreign Office in Jordan, I had just finished my undergraduate studies in Middle Eastern History. I sat for the entrance exam without telling my family, who only found out after I had passed. My mother said that I could enter the diplomatic service under the condition that I did not take a post abroad. We are talking of Amman in 1962. However, she made the exception that I could attend meetings abroad. When I got married in 1966 I resigned, because my husband was in the army and again it was impossible for me to serve abroad. At this point it would have been ridiculous for me to continue as a diplomat without ever taking a post outside Jordan. And meanwhile, I had seriously taken up painting, and eventually found myself utterly involved in art.


UiU: You established the Jordan National Gallery in 1980. Was it a long process to reach this goal? Was it based on an existing collection? What is the role of the Royal Society of Fine Arts?

WA: I would say it was a long evolving process which led to the establishment of the Royal Society of Fine Arts, and eventually the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Being a female painter from the developing world, I found that it was difficult for me to show my work abroad, and the same was true for other artists from the Third World. In the 1960s and 70s one had to emigrate and become a citizen of a Western country to be accepted as an artist on the international scene.

Consequently, I wanted to establish a venue for Arab and Islamic artists where they could show their work and be evaluated according to their own aesthetics, without having to shed their skin. This was and still is one of the main functions of the National Gallery. I began with a modest collection: (77 works) of contemporary art from the Islamic world, which I donated to the Gallery. This became the nucleus for its present permanent collection of more than 1800 works.

As for the role of the Royal Society of Fine Arts, its main function was, is, and I suppose will always be, to encourage cultural diversity, disseminate artistic knowledge, and promote art from the Islamic and developing worlds.


UiU: Besides the Jordan National Gallery's focus on contemporary art from the Islamic World, was the idea to include art from the developing or transforming world part of its program from the beginning? Why was this decision made?

WA: We started small at the inception of the National Gallery, so the first area to build a modern collection from was the Islamic World. It did not take long to cover that region, so we immediately moved on to the developing world so as to introduce the regions art among its own countries and to the rest of the world. For example, we in Jordan were not familiar with modern Armenian art before the exhibition "Chariots of Fire: Contemporary Art from Armenia", held at the Gallery in 1999.

It is rather strange that, in order to avoid and end conflict and belligerence, governments resort to signing mutual agreements. Yet no matter how many political, economic, agricultural, educational, and military pacts and agreements exist between nations, there will be no peace if mistrust remains the prevailing and overwhelming norm. And cultural ignorance is the main incriminating factor that breeds mistrust among us. We strive in vain towards a cleaner and greener earth, only to destroy with disdain human achievements unfamiliar to us. Nor is it enough to give priority to relief work and economic aid, yet deny human beings their aesthetic needs simply because they differ from ours.

We have to reach out in order to attain a basic and exigent goal: the promotion of world peace through the advancement of the arts and the eradication of cultural apartheid. We should all strive to learn and accept our humanizing differences, and judge other traditions according to their own values and aesthetics which fall within a broader humanitarian order. By spreading acceptance and forbearance and supporting those who do so, and through learning and beauty, we will be able to contribute to the future of our world.

The Society allows the diversity in our cultures to flow and to unite us, for cooperation based on recognition and respect is no longer a nuance or a matter of civility between nations. Economic development alone is certainly vital to a world whose values and priorities are global and material-based. However, we must strike a balance by developing culture that will in the future lead to the realization of our spiritual development. This is the main objective of the Society and the Gallery.


UiU: It is impressive to see how active the gallery is in organizing travelling exhibitions to other countries. Is this because you believe in the role of art as "ambassador" between cultures?

WA: Art is not only an ambassador between cultures. It is an integral means of communication between people that supercedes many barriers such as language and stereotypes.


UiU: An article on the website of Emory University (USA), published in 1995 in relation to the Atlanta exhibition of "Forces of Change: Women Artists of the Arab World", is entitled "Jordanian princess challenges belief that Islam threatens the western world", and you are quoted as stating: "This exhibition is one way of sending our signal to North America that we want to have cultural interaction". Do you think that this "signal" was heard by anyone at that time?

WA: Of course it was heard by all those who visited the exhibition. The decision makers might not have received the "signal", but many who did reacted to it positively. After the exhibition "Forces of Change: Women Artists of the Arab World", I was invited to be a visiting lecturer at Agnes Scott College, to talk about subjects related to Islamic civilization, including art and gender. I thoroughly enjoyed my meetings with the students, and the questions and debates which followed. I learned a lot from them, and truly cherish the memory of those encounters.


UiU: Currently touring, the exhibition "Breaking the Veils - Women Artists from the Islamic World" has a clear message since it shows works created by Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus living in the Islamic world. How has the audience's reception been so far? Have you noticed differences between the countries where it was shown?

WA: So far, "Breaking the Veils - Women Artists from the Islamic World" has toured Greece, Spain and was in Paris, where it had the same positive reaction on all levels. Starting next June it will go to Italy and Portugal, among other European countries, before traveling to the United States.


UiU: What was or is your greatest challenge, either as an artist, art historian, educator, curator or editor?

WA: My greatest challenge is facing ignorance, be it in my society regarding the importance of art, or abroad regarding my religion and culture.



Princess Wijdan Ali, biographical notes:

H.R.H. Princess Wijdan Ali is art historian, academic, painter, and art curator. She got her Ph.D. in Islamic Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She has authored, edited and contributed to several books on traditional and contemporary art from the Islamic world. Princess Wijdan Ali is Founder and President of the Royal Society of Fine Arts in Jordan, and Founder and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Jordan.




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Old 06-21-2005, 12:45 AM
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Here are some of her work and accomplishments/biography
http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/arti...an/index.shtml

That is great! SHe is such an accomplished person. Definitely someone I can look up to in this family.
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Baby boy for prince abbas and princess Sima

You know jordan I dont think that she is prince abbas wife ... look at this link they said in al rai newspaper that the the wife of prince abbas bin ali ( princess Sima) gived birth to ababy boy named Hamzah yesterday

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You know jordan I dont think that she is prince abbas wife ... look at this link they said in al rai newspaper that the the wife of prince abbas bin ali ( princess Sima) gived birth to ababy boy named Hamzah yesterday

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Yes honey I correct that the woman is princess Pasma's dauter Zein becaouse princess sima look like Zein and I will post apicture for prince Abbas and Princess sima tomorrow
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I might've missed this but can anyone tell me who Prince Abbas is? How is he related to the King?
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I might've missed this but can anyone tell me who Prince Abbas is? How is he related to the King?
Dear Humera,
Prince Abbas bin ali bin nayef is a cousin of King Abdullah,King Talal of jordan and Prince Nayef was a brother

To Know more there is the family tree for the hashemite royal:
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In September 2005 Rima al-Masry became the second wife of Prince Ali bin Nayef. Princess Wijdan is his first wife and mother of his first son and 3 daughters. Maybe somebody else knows if he divorced her before he married Rima.

Obviously not only his second son was born in April 2007, but also his grandson Hamzah (son of PAbbas bin Ali and PSima).
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The Jordan Times reported (see Post 23) that Prince Ali bin Nayef and his wife Reema (or Rima) had a baby boy last Friday. About 10 days earlier another baby boy was born to his elder son (by his first wife Princess Wijdan) Prince Abbas bin Ali bin Nayef (look at the previous posts of this thread).
Prince Ali bin Nayef has now a son (Prince Jaafar) and a grandson (Prince Hamzah) born in the same month: April 2007.
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This is the first time i know that prince Ali bin Naef was married to anather woman ...... what about princess Wijdan .... are thy still married or they divorced
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Baby girl for prince Ali bin Nayef & his wife princess Reema ... princess Monira
http://www.addustour.com/ViewTopic.aspx?ac=%5CLocalAndGover%5C2008%5C11%5CLocalAndGover_issue402_day12_id95955.htm
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congratulations
but whos Ali ben Nayef??
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but whos Ali ben Nayef??
He is the son of Prince Nayef bin Abdullah I (a younger son of Abdullah I of Jordan) and Princess Mihrimah Sultan.
Brother of Prince Asem bin Nayef (Princess Noor Hamzah's Father).
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He is the son of Prince Nayef bin Abdullah I (a younger son of Abdullah I of Jordan) and Princess Mihrimah Sultan.
Brother of Prince Asem bin Nayef (Princess Noor Hamzah's Father).
And he was married with Princess Widjan but they divorced in Sept. 2005.

Prince Ali bin Nayef and Princess Reema in Turkey 2008
Alanya Magazin Alanya Alanya’s Magazine Sites Prince Nayef celebrated his birthday at the Alanya…

February 23, 2009 - Princess Basma bent Ali chairs Meeting of International Green Energy Conference
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Princess Basma Bint Ali bin Nayef
http://www.greenenergy-jo.com/HRH%20...0Ali%20KNS.JPG

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Princess Basma and the Royal Botanic Garden
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Princess Basma Bint Ali bin Nayef
http://www.greenenergy-jo.com/HRH%20...0Ali%20KNS.JPG

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This is the first time I've heard of this princess, she's quite pretty. How is she related to King Abdullah?
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Her father, Prince Ali, is cousin of King Hussein.
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