Leap of Faith
Memoirs of an Unexpected Life
By Queen Noor
(Miramax Books, Paperback, 9781401359485, 496pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 2005
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Born in 1951 to a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa Najeeb Halaby became the fourth wife of King Hussein at age 27. With her husband being not only Jordan's monarch but the spiritual leader of all Muslims, Lisa was unsure what her role would be. This moving memoir provides a timely look at one woman's story against a backdrop of 30 turbulent years: the displacement of over 1 million Palestinians by the creation of Israel, King Hussein's frustrated efforts for peace, and the effect of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War on Jordan and the royal family. Queen Noor offers intimate new glimpses of King Hussein, Saddam Hussein, Queen Elizabeth, Arafat, and many other world leaders.
Queen Noor is a world leader herself and international spokesperson for the environment, the banning of landmines, and world peace. She divides her time between the family's houses in Jordan, Washington D.C., and England. She has four children, two boys and two girls. Her oldest son is the Crown Prince Hamzeh. She divides her time between Jordan, London, and Washington, D.C.