As I have said in Jordanian Fingerprints Part I, this month’s issue of “Layalina” has an excellent and very interesting article(or picture-story to be more precise) titled “Basamat Ordoneyah”(Jordanian Fingerprints), which places under the limelight, as chosen by her Royal Highness Queen Rania, 24 Jordanian individuals who have managed in helping shape Jordan.

Today, I will share another eight of the pioneers:

Artist Muhanna Al-Dura

One of my very favorite artists, Muhanna Al-Dura is the pioneer in Jordanian visual arts as he was the first to introduce cubist and abstract art into the Jordanian art field.

He established the College of Arts and Music in 1970 and was appointed as the manager of the Jordanian Department of Cultue and Arts. Al-Dura is the first Jordanian to receive formal art education, and the first Jordanian to establish an art studio which he also used to teach students. He also served as an ambassador of the Arab League.

He has received many shields, awards, and honors, and he is the first Muslim and the first Arab to be knighted by the Pope John Paul of the Vatican.

Muhanna Al-Dura now teaches at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design in Jordan University(yes, that’s us).


Dr. Zeid Il Keilany

He introduced the IVF technology into the Jordanian medical field, and he managed to place Jordan on the medical map of fertility. Dr. Keilany also established Farah Hospital, one of the globally leading hospitals dealing with fertility and that helps 5000 cases of infertility yearly.
Dr. Keilany furtherly added inventive methods in gynecology, helped write several books on the topic, and instituted the Jordanian Committee of Fertility and Genealogy.
I will also add that he delivered a good portion of the babies of Amman, including myself.


Lorees Halas

Halas is the first woman ambassador of Jordan, first woman to receive the Shield of Independence, the Shield of Al-Kawakab Al-Ordony, the Shield of the Moroccan Crown, and is the first Jordanian woman to serve as a consultant to the Jordanian Prime Minister. She is also the first female Jordanian journalist. She served as a deputy for the representative of Jordan in the UN and also served as a consultant to the Jordanian minister of tourism.

Halas also was the president of the Board of Trustees of the International Committee Solidarity of Women in Jordan.


Adnan Awamleh


Awamleh established one of the most important production companies in Jordan and the Arab world. He established the Arab Center for Phonetics and Visual Services and served as its manager.

He is now the President of the Union of Producers in Jordan and is a member of the Royal Committee of Films.



Architect Rasem Badran

One of the most important architects specialized in the art of Islamic architecture.

He scooped several international and local awards and projects, including the Royal Academic Award of Islamic Research, the development of the sea façade of Saida, the design of the Gallery of Archeology in Amman, the design of the Gallery of Arts in Qatar, and the restoration of some parts of Al-Aqsa mosque after the fire of 1968.



Sulaiman Al Musa

Important literary figure in Jordan, he started writing at the age of 16 and wrote several important books indluding “Lawrence of Arabia: an Arab Perspective”. He served as a consultant to Lion TV in 2002.


Widad QiwarKawar

No one has cared as much about collecting and displaying Jordanian and Palestinian ethnic/cultural garments in order to preserve and maintain the local culture. She is also one of the few Arabs who have managed to spread our culture globally by displaying her collections in different countries.

Qiwar also wrote several books on Jordanian and Palestinian embroidery.

Qiwar is now in the process of establishing a Gallery of Cultural Embroidery.


Omar Al-Abdillat

He is credited with popularizing Jordanian ethnic music and produced/sang some of the most famous patriotic Jordanian songs including “Hashimi, Hashimi” and “Jeishana”. He also represented Jordan in several cultural festivities in the world.