List of illustrations; List of maps; Note on transliteration; Acknowledgements; 1. Prologue; 2. Mecca and Istanbul; 3. The Arab revolt; 4. The creation of Transjordan; 5. Settling in; 6. Discovering the limits; 7. Abdullah and Palestine, 1921-39; 8. War and politics; 9. Abdullah, Britain and the Arab world, 1945-8; 10. 1948; 11. The end of ambition; 12. Epilogue; Appendix I: British high commissioners of Palestine; Appendix II: British residents in Transjordan; Appendix III: Prime ministers of Transjordan; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
The first in-depth study of the historical and personal circumstances that made King Abdullah such a controversial figure in modern Middle East history.
'Mary Wilson has produced a painstakingly well-researched political
biography of Abdullah which seeks to reassess the man and
politician and place him in the context of his time. In doing so,
she has challenged the conventional wisdom of Abdullah as a wise,
astute and benign figure. It is little wonder that her book is
being avidly read and argued over in Jordan today.' Middle East
"Mary Wilson has provided us with a definitive study of King Abdallah/Abdullah, his relations with Britain and his role in the creation of Jordan, based on a thorough use of British, French, American, and Israeli archives, official reports, private papers and newspapers, as well as dissertations and printed sources." Canadian Journal of History
"The perplexities of Abdullah's career are now much more intelligible, thanks to Mary C. Wilson, who has written a comprehensive study of Abdullah's entire public life based on as full an inventory of sources as is likely to be accessible for some time." International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies