Sunday, January 02, 2011

Video of the Month: Coronation of King Talal in 1951, and How Amman Looked Sixty Years Ago

This segment shows some rare videos that attract very few youtube viewers but I think are valuable enough to be seen.

Here is the coronation of King Talal in the summer of 1951. He ruled Jordan for 13 months, removed for health-related reasons.

King Talal was very influential, much more than what he gets credit for. He wrote down the constitution of Jordan. In 1951, Jordan was six years old. It could have gone in so many directions, but the constitution that the late King Talal came with gave a lot of liberty to the people and to women. Unfortunately it was "modified" afterwards to limit many of these freedoms and rights in the name of security.


Ammar said...

Here's some ammo for future videos of the month, although you can't really embedd the actual videos but links to them; British Pathe's archives of Jordan's history for the better half of 70 years.

3ajbatni "modified", but the more accurate term would probably be "altered" like one alters a pair of pants or a suit.

jaraad said...

I like those archived clips. Thanks for sharing. You used to post more of these clips.
It would be interesting to know who helped writing the constitution.
How did you know that the constitution is updated? When did that happen?

Hareega said...

Well I have to be clear, the constitution (as far as I know) was not modified or altered, but it was ignored. Many laws that were issued since 1952 do not guarantee equal rights among Jordanians. For example women and honor crimes, women passing citizenship to their children, forming political parties, and the emergency law that restricted many freedoms including voting for a Parliament and a government.

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