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Wednesday's Connector: Queen Noor of Jordan

June 11th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Queen Noor of Jordan fulfilled the dreams of many young women around the world - she grew up and married a king.

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Also known by her birth name, Lisa Najeeb Halaby, became Queen Noor when she married the late King Hussein of Jordan.

Born in Washington D.C. her father, Najeeb Halaby, was a high ranking government official and served as the deputy assistant secretary of defence under the Truman administration. He was also appointed by John F. Kennedy to be the head of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Queen Noor was raised in the Washington D.C. area and attended a number of prestigious schools before enrolling as a student at Princeton University.

After Noor graduated from Princeton, she worked at a number of design firms in both Australia and the U.S. and in 1977, while Noor was at a social function, she met King Hussein of Jordan.

The pair quickly became friends and in 1978 the couple married.

When Noor married King Hussein, she renounced her American citizenship and also converted to the Sunni Muslim religion.

Noor and Hussein had four children during the course of their marriage before the death of the king in 1999.

Today, Queen Noor still works tirelessly to promote the interests of Jordan abroad, but she has also taken responsiblity over a number of important causes.

Noor is currently the president of the United World Colleges movement and is also a strong advocate of the anti-nuclear weapons proliferation campaign, Global Zero. http://www.globalzero.org

The initiative was launched in December 2008 to promote the eradication of all nuclear weapons.

It has been applauded by many heads of states and the organization has even released a documentary entitled "Countdown to Global Zero."

Produced by Lawrence Bender, the film discusses the role nuclear weapons have played as well as the political situation surrounding the arms race.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently reviewed the film and gave it two thumbs up, according to Politico.

Here's your chance to send in your questions to Queen Noor of Jordan.

Do you want to know about her involvement in the Global Zero movement? Do you want to know her views on the situation in the Middle East?

Please leave your questions for Queen Noor below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Angela Hung

    Why is it still legal to murder a women in your country simply for being a women? ("Honor Murders")

    June 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  2. George

    You seem a very intelligent woman...how could you convert to Islam???

    June 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  3. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Queen Noor Al-Hussein of Jordan (Arabic: الملكة نور‎, Lisa Najeeb Halaby) and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Noor Al-Hussein on the following questions:
    – How are you inspiring your stepchildren and children, Haya bint Al Hussein, Ali bin Al Hussein, Abir Muhaisen, Hamzah bin Al Hussein, Hashim bin Al Hussein, Iman bint Al Hussein and Raiyah bint Al Hussein, to become Good Parents?
    – What is your opinion on the current situation between Abraham’s sons Palestine(Ishmael) and Israel (Jacob)?
    – What needs to be done to Really Stop Terrorists, Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass destruction Worldwide?
    – What needs to be done to achieve World Peace?
    – What needs to be done to make Jordan go Green(Use Green Energy)?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Noor Al-Hussein’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    June 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  4. Adam Smith

    Dear Royal Highness Queen Noor,

    My name is Adam Smith. I am an American student currently living in Amman. I have to say that I love Jordan. Also, I was awarded a Fulbright ETA grant for this upcoming academic year. I am honored to remain in this wonderful country another year.

    I have been doing much research concerning Jordan's water crisis. I am happy to see a peaceful nuclear solution sought by the King to desalinate water. This seems like a viable solution given Jordan's uranium reserves. What steps will be taken for Jordan to remain transparent in its nuclear operations? Will Jordan be setting a precedent in the region? world? Will the nuclear plant be built by the 2015 proposed deadline?

    Alf shukr,
    Adam Smith

    June 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  5. nigel l

    why do young women dream of marrying a king instead of becoming queen?

    June 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  6. Patrick Shane Thompson

    Dear Queen Noor, You are a beautiful Lady (sorry, queen, but I mean no disrespect) and are in a position of great stress, how is your health (both mental and physical). and how do you keep yourself centered.
    I am a United States Citizen who moved to Brasil for love too.

    June 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  7. christine

    I have read Queen Noor*s bio and I liked the pictures especially of the family in America . Great that Queen Noor is taking questions and giving us an update on her current activities etc.

    June 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  8. Rodrigo

    Global Zero: ¿Do you believe there is a double moral when USA claim for countries not to become nuclear, while it is one of the two superpowers with nukes? Do you believe the world is black and white or a caleidoscope?
    You are an astonishing beauty!

    June 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  9. Christine Boisvert

    Your Royal Highness Queen Noor,

    I live in central Maine USA and have wanted to visit Jordan ever since I read your book. I would like to know if it is truly safe for an American to visit Jordan and should one expect to hire a special type of guide or body guard?
    I believe your husband was a great man and you also did much for his country. Best wishes to you in your endeavors.


    June 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  10. Tsao Chun Chung

    Hello Queen Noor.

    Do you consider yourself more Middle Eastern or American in personality now?

    As another person that spent most his life in a country that is not the one of his/her birth, I was curious as to how you felt.


    June 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  11. Nellybell

    I think you are a remarkable person and one that has gone through so many changes in your life with so much dignity and grace. I'm wondering how dificult was it to renounce to your westen lifestyle and religion, for love? In retrospection , would you have done anything differently?

    June 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  12. Erin

    Queen Noor,
    How do you feel the education system in Jordan compares to that of other modern countries in the developed world? How can we ensure that everyone in Jordan, even in more remote Bedouin areas, has access to appropriate educational facilities?

    Thank you,

    June 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  13. vashnsync

    i'm not sure if it's ok, Your Majesty, but do you have plans to visit our country, the Philippines? we, the Filipinos, will definitely support the 'ground zero' campaign considering that weapons of mass destruction are banned here as enshrined in our country's constitution.

    we also hope that you can also visit our country to witness the inauguration of our new president on june 30.

    thank you.

    -vashnsync, philippines

    June 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  14. Al Hollaby

    Hello Queen,

    I have a somewhat political question for you: The majority of Jordanians are Palestinians. Your husband, the King, is not Palestinian, but is from the minority Hashemite group. This is a little known fact that is rarely seen in media coverage. Many historians and scholars suggest that, because the majority of people in Jordan are Palestinian, Jordan should become Palestine. In fact, history shows that, back in 1970, the Palestinians tried to establish a Homeland in Jordan, and tens of thousands of them were killed in that uprising...called Black September.

    I am very curious about your thoughts on all this.

    Thank you,


    Al Hollaby

    June 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  15. Redzuan

    Dear Queen,

    Would love to know your thoughts right this momemt regarding whats happening in the Middle East. For the greatness of GOD the creator of the Universe can u believe whats happening right in front of us...



    June 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  16. Salam Queen Noor

    I have seen your talks on some tv programs and generally admire your intelligence.
    Even though you are doing good things for Arab women but they are all in a personal capacity. Why cant you institutionalise your wisdom and idealogy for the sake of Arab women first, and then for the sake of Muslim women at large. This way you can reach farther and can esnure that your work continues after you.

    June 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  17. Patricia Khoury

    You Royal Highness Queen Noor,

    I have been married to an Arab American for 23 years. My husband Munier is originally from Jordan and it has been 30 years since his last visit. I personally think he needs to make a visit...what do you think ?
    Can you tell me how Jordan has changed in the past 30 years to keep up with the times ?
    Also...I have always been amazed at how you manage to keep yourself looking so beautiful. What do you do on a daily basis to keep yourself looking so great? Any beauty secrets ?
    Also...how do you feel about women's rights in the Arab world ? Do you feel women should have equal rights?

    Many thanks...love you.
    Mrs. Patricia Khoury
    Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

    June 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  18. Yuri

    Queen Noor,
    Palestinians are not separate nationality, they are arabs, and they never had own country. Do you think that Jordan, and Egypt should incorporate "Palestinian" territory? This will stop conflict in the Middle East! Or Jordan and Egypt afraid of all radicals Arabs who live on these territories?

    June 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  19. Ralph Davis

    Ben-Gurion, the father of Israel, believed the sooner arab and jew began working together, the sooner they could start living better together.

    If Home Depot, Ford, GE were to open factories in the West Bank, Jordan and Israel to offer employment to Arab and Jew, Israeli, Jordanian and PALESTINIAN, do you believe it would work?

    Furthermore, are there any Hamas leaders that would go along with this to give peace a chance for their families future and prosperity?

    I am just one man, but I offer my skills and my life to try for peace for all people if you believe there is hope.
    Ralph Davis (Dave)
    Dunwoody, Georgia

    June 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  20. BruceL

    Your Highness,

    I have never visited your country but it is on my wish list. I am one of your admirers, not for what you are, but for what you do.
    My question to you is this : If there is a time and a place on this planet to bring all its peoples together for a meaningful cause what do you feel may be the catalyst for this to happen and how can we help to make that difference happen?


    June 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  21. Arash

    Your Majesty,

    Did you feel King Abdullah betrayed your late husband by changing the line of succession from Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein to Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah?



    June 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  22. Ralph Davis

    PS regards my prevous comment.

    I am Catholic. A Father wants to protect, provide and lead his family no matter what his religious beliefs are. Parents need the opportunity to do this and not watch their children's future waste away.

    We are all the same, we love our children. We need to seek peace by literally working together to build their future.

    Dave Davis

    June 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  23. Hamza Miller

    Why are you not wearing a hijab? Why is your husband not wearing a beard? If you country is more than 95% Muslim, why do you feel that the people want leaders who don't embrace the Sunnah of Rasulullah(saw)? Why is your country not actively sending military support to the other Muslim countries which are racked with strife and hardship? Do you feel that the almighty God will not question you regarding the issues of the Ummah while you wear fancy revealing dresses and talk with other throned politicians?

    Fear Allah.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  24. Omar M. Kafawin

    Your highness

    WE LOVE YOU, God Bless you


    June 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  25. Vatche Dakessian

    Your Majesty,

    I recently characterized Jordan as a country moving at different speeds in different directions, some directions being positive providing a basis for optimism but others being negative and worrying.

    Would you agree with this characterization? If yes, what in Your Majesty's opinion are the negative directions?

    Thank You.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  26. Nayef Atari

    I want to confirm that all the jodanian people loves your majesty ,you are living in their hearts and their minds ... they want you to be among them and participate in the sicial live civil activities of Jordan, We love you because you added a real value to Jordan thru Jeracia festival every year and during your presiding the Jordan Valley , you are a loving loyal ,caring Queen .Indeed yoy are wonderfull ..God bless you ...

    June 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  27. Frederick Smith

    Your Majesty,

    I despise the comments of Hamza Mille about you, your beautiful country and your late husband. Unfortunately, fanatics like him and all fundamentalists in the Middle East are giving Islam a bad name.

    I visited your country many times and I admire Jordan accomplishments. Although you do not have the oil wealth of other Middle Eastern Countries, but your country is more modern and advanced than the majority of the Middle East.

    With my best,
    Frederick Smith

    June 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  28. Glenda Johnson

    I know that one of your interests is to work to have the media provide the information we need to know rather than furnishing the public with what the audience wants, as its producers claim. What can be done, or is being done to bring that to fruition?

    Glenda Johnson
    Mississippi, USA

    June 12, 2010 at 5:16 am | Reply
  29. Ariely

    You Royal Highness Queen Noor

    For promoting peace, would you consider to be champion activist to remove one of the main road blocks in ME?

    Would you undertake creating an Arab movement demanding the Arabs to do for their refugees the same Israel did for the Jewish refugees?

    Background information
    *Jews have been expelled from Arab countries.
    *Jewish refugees from Arab countries outweigh the losses of Arab refugees
    *Million Jews lost homes in Arab counties
    *Jewish land lost in Arab counties=38650sq mls
    *Stolen money worth over $120 billions
    *Israel absorbed the Jewish refuge from Arab states withought UN $help
    The Arabs don't

    June 13, 2010 at 3:53 am | Reply
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