Thouqan Hindawi

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Thouqan Hindawi
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Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan
Monarch King Hussein
Chief Of The Royal Hashemite Court
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Thouqan Hindawi

(1927-06-23)23 June 1927
Irbid, Jordan
Died2 July 2005(2005-07-02) (aged 78)
Amman, Jordan
Nationality Jordanian
ParentsSalem Pasha Hindawi (Father)

Thouqan Hindawi was a Jordanian politician, educator, and parliamentary who was born in 1927 in The Hindawi Madafa or Court of his father Sheikh Salem Pasha Hindawi in the Northern Region of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which was Emirate of Transjordan at that time. During his life, Hindawi served for over 40 years in several key government positions from 1965 until 2005. Some of these positions include Chief of The Royal Hashemite Court, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, Minister of Media, Minister of Social Affairs, Minister of Labor, Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs, Senator in Upper House of Parliament, Deputy in Lower House of Parliament, and Ambassador. Hindawi died in 2 July 2005 and was buried in The Royal Hashemite Court Cemetery near King Hussein of Jordan tomb [1]



Hindawi started his early schooling years in the Northern Region of Jordan, until at a later stage he was selected to join the Arab College in Jerusalem in 1943 as well as the University of London in 1945 which made him earn his Palestinian Secondary School Certificate by 1946. After that he earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Cairo University which was King Farouk I University at that time in 1950 and few years later he earned his Master's degree in Advanced Education from the University of Maryland in 1956. [2]


The First Ministerial Position Of His Excellency Thouqan Hindawi As Minister Of Media With Prime Minister Wasfi al-Tal In 13 February 1965 Thouqan Hindawi (7).jpg
The First Ministerial Position Of His Excellency Thouqan Hindawi As Minister Of Media With Prime Minister Wasfi al-Tal In 13 February 1965

After earning his Bachelor's Degree, Hindawi started his career in the Public Sector in 1950 as a History Teacher in the Ministry of Education in Jordan. Soon after that he was promoted to become an Education Inspector and shortly after that the Director of the Teacher's Training Academy of Beit Hanina in the West Bank of Jordan. He moved in 1962 to become the Director of Social Affairs at the UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency. He remained there couple of years until he was appointed as Educational Attaché in the Jordanian Embassy in Cairo in 1964 and then back to Jordan as the General Secretary of the Ministry of Media at that same year. [2]

Hindawi held his 1st Ministerial Position with Prime Minister Wasfi al-Tal in 13 February 1965 as the Minister of Media. After that he held 20 more key Ministerial Cabinet Positions from 1965 until 1995 including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, Minister of Media, Minister of Social Affairs, Minister of Labor, Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs. [1]

Hindawi certainly held the critical Position of Minister of Education more times and longer than any other in Jordan. It is a documented fact that he is genuinely considered by both educators and historians to be the master engineer and visionary driver of the educational transformational revolution of modern Jordan as well as a major contributor to the education development of the entire region. [3]

Hindawi was trusted by the late King Hussein of Jordan and was chosen to hold the important position of Chief of The Royal Hashemite Court in 1989. He was also appointed 2 times as an Ambassador for Jordan abroad and 4 times as a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament. He was elected by Jordanians in General Elections as a Deputy for the Eleventh Lower House of Parliament for a 4 year term. [4]

Most of his life, Hindawi was on the Board of Trustees of a number of public and private academic institutions including the University of Jordan and the Yarmouk University as well as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Applied Science University and the Arab Community College. He received several prestigious State Medals and International Awards from a variety of countries and organizations. He wrote and published the Palestinian Case book which was consistently taught as a pillar of the Jordanian Secondary Curriculum from 1967 until 1994. It was announced that he also wrote his own autobiography which focused on his early days but it was not published until date. [2]

Hindawi remained publicly active in government positions until he suddenly died from a severe heart attack on 2 July 2005 and was buried in The Royal Cemetery inside The Royal Hashemite Court near the late King Hussein of Jordan tomb. [2]

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  1. 1 2 "Ministerial Positions of H.E. Thuqan Hindawi". Jordanian Prime Ministry Official Website.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Main Government Positions & Public Life of H.E. Thuqan Hindawi". The Royal Jordanian Heritage Official Website.
  3. "Jordanian Ministers Of Education List". Ministry of Education Official Website. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  4. "H.E. Senator Thuqan Hindawi Positions in The Jordanian Senate". The Senate - The Upper House of Parliament Official Website.