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In addition, she formed the Arab Children's Congress, and annual program for Arab children of all nationalities that emphasizes their common heritage.
Queen Noor also set out to address the issue of women's rights.
On June 15, 1978, Lisa Najeeb Halaby became the first American-born queen of an Arab country, taking the name Noor al-Hussein or "Light of Hussein." She and King Hussein married in a traditional Islamic ceremony at the Zaharan Palace, where Queen Noor was the only woman present.
Although the Jordanian people expressed discomfort about King Hussein's choice of a non Arab-Muslim bride, they soon warmed to the union when they witnessed Queen Noor's genuine interest and commitment to Jordan and her conversion to the Islamic religion.
C., Noor said, "If a lasting peace in the Middle East is ever to be realized, it is time for the United States to bring its practices in line with an active and unambiguous exercise of the principles that govern its democracy." She has received criticism from some Americans for her allegiance to Jordanian interests, as well as Islamic fundamentalists for overstepping the traditional boundaries of her role as queen.
In 1992, King Hussein was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to remove the cancer from his ureter and left kidney.
She assisted in the design of the Arab Air University, to be built in the Jordanian capital, as well as a housing company for Royal Jordanian Airlines employees.
During this time, Lisa attended several important social events in Jordan, and had the opportunity to meet King Hussein at the opening of Queen Alia International Airport in 1977.
After their first meeting, King Hussein and Halaby became friends, and by 1978, their friendship had evolved into a romance.In recognition of her efforts, Queen Noor has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law and humane letters. Her mother, Doris Carlquist, was born in Leavenworth, Washington, of Swedish descent, and studied political science at the University of Washington.She has also published two books, Queen Noor of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby on August 23, 1951, in Washington, D. Her father, Najeeb Elias Halaby, was born in Dallas, Texas of Syrian descent, and distinguished himself as a U. Navy test pilot and lawyer who became head of the Federal Aviation Administration under President John F. Lisa grew up in family of privilege where public service was valued.“If a lasting peace in the Middle East is ever to be realized, it is time for the United States to bring its practices in line with an active and unambiguous exercise of the principles that govern its democracy.”Queen Noor of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby in Washington, D. During her early career, she worked in international urban planning in the United States, Australia, Iran and around the Arab world.
She married King Hussein in 1978, and became known for her philanthropic work including advocacy for children, promoting peace and the removal of land mines, protecting the environment from climate change and advocating for cross-cultural understanding.Although she advocated increased educational and employment opportunities for women, founding the Women and Development Project, she remained sensitive to the interests of those reluctant to work outside the home for religious reasons.