, heir to a powerul Imamate that once ruled over northern Yemen, make up roughly twelve percent of the population.
The work is being undertaken as part of the Hashemites
' responsibilities as custodians of the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem since 1924.The King also announced the creation of a special waqf fund to support the holy places and ensure the continuity of maintenance and protection of Islamic shrines, foremost of which are al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock mosques.
With British help, the Hashemites
ruled Iraq after having spearheaded an Arab revolt and geo-political changes in what today is called "the Sunni status quo" in much of the Arab world - thanks to the Sykes-Picot agreement as the Ottoman Empire was about to fall, which got the French to prevent Faisal I from ruling Syria.
"They are a curious group," answered Abu Zeid, "opposed both to the Hashemites
and to the Sauds, who say they want to save Jerusalem from religion and Islam from political intrigue.
These blends pose a challenge to the Hashemites
, who have managed to construct a modernist image that plays well in the metropole, all the while accentuating patriarchal themes at home, thereby insuring that political modernity -- especiall y in the antimonarchic form of "popular sovereignty" -- is kept safely in check.
During the ceremony, Arabiyat delivered a speech in which he stressed the importance of the Hashemites
' custodianship over Al Aqsa Mosque, and other holy sites in Jerusalem.
The Muslim Brotherhood, on its part, supported the King's annexation of the West Bank and respected the religious credentials of the Hashemites
. The mutual amicability and cooperation was colored by periods of tension but established the foundations for a long-lasting relationship.
3 (Petra)--State Minister for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani said that His Majesty King Abdullah's JD1 million donation to Jerusalem Awqaf Department, reflects the Hashemites
' continued support to the nation's causes, mainly the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
As a result, Jordan is heavily dependent upon regional and international aid.(28) On the other hand, and despite its negligible ability to help implement the regional objectives of Jordanian foreign policy, the role of the Jordanian army as a staunch defender of the regime has at times allowed it to take unpopular foreign policy decisions when its existence was in peril.(29) The same effect has resulted from the kingdom's hierarchic, autocratic, control-modeled political system and its concentration of legal and practical power in the superordinate segments of Jordanian society composed of the Hashemites
, the Transjordanians, and coopted Palestinian notables and their families.(30) In this system the post-1948 Palestinian community is the subordinate segment.(31)
He pointed to the Hashemites
' role in preserving the Islamic identity of the Holy City and their efforts to support Palestinians and prevent Israeli attempts to Judaise the city.
At a meeting with Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs Yousef Adeis and the accompanying delegation, the minister said that the Palestinian issue has always been a top priority for the Hashemites
at the regional and international levels.
Ensour highlighted the values of tolerance and amity as a main feature of the one Jordanian society, adding that the Hashemites
, who have an elevated Islamic religious status, also have the duty of looking after Christians and providing a climate of religious freedom for them.