Wijdan Ali

HRH Princess Wijdan Ali is the Dean of the College of Arts and Design, University of Jordan, Amman. She is the Founder and President of the Royal Society of Fine Arts, Amman. She received her B.A. in history from Beirut University College in 1961, while studying art privately. She received a Ph.D. in Islamic art from the University of London in 1993.

In her research, she develops the traditions of Arabic calligraphy in a modern format and forms part of the contemporary school of Arabic calligraphic painting. Her work, which has won awards in Belgium and France, is found in museums and private collections internationally.

Princess Wijdan Ali is founder of the Royal Society of Fine Arts and of the Jordan National Gallery. She is also founder and dean of the newly established Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Jordan.

She was the first woman to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jordan (1962) and also the first woman delegate to represent Jordan at United Nations meetings and the first woman diplomat at the United Nations General Assembly. Princess Wijdan Bint Fawwaz Muhana took the oath of office as Jordan's new ambassador to Italy before King Abdullah II on October 3, 2006.

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This is a short extract from the full article by Wijdan Ali PhD available here as a PDF file During the early years of their reign, the Umayyads continued to use silver Sassanian coins in Iran and Iraq, and gold and copper Byzantine coins in Syria and Egypt (figure 1). As part of his policy...
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This is a short extract from the full article by Wijdan Ali PhD available here as a PDF file It is likely that the earliest Abbasid gold dinars, minted in 750 and extremely rare, were struck either in Damascus before the Umayyad mint was closed down, or in Kufa, the first Abbasid capital (figure...
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This is a short extract from the full article by Wijdan Ali PhD available here as a PDF file In contrast to earlier Arab conquests, where coins from previous regimes continued to be used, the Muslims minted their first gold coins when they entered Spain in 711. The new coins were modelled in...
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Extracted from a full article: Islamic Coins during the Umayyad, Abbasid, Andalusian and Fatimid Dynasties by Wijdan Ali The first three caliphs, who ruled from their respective capitals, Quayrawan, al-Mahdiya, and Sabra-Mansuriya, issued gold and silver coins that carried purely...
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This short article is taken from the full article (by HRH Princess Wijdan Ali ) which is available here as 16 page PDF file Islamic art began as a catalyst for trends and styles borrowed from local Byzantine, Hellenistic, Coptic, and Sassanian artistic traditions. Yet, not long after, Muslim...
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HRH Princess Wijdan Ali* Note of the editor This article was first published in the Essasys in Honour of Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, compiled by M. Kaçar-Zeynep Durukal (Istanbul: IRCICA, 2006, pp. 299-306). We are grateful to Dr. Halit Eren, General Director of IRCICA, and Mustafa Kacar-Zeynep...
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