Wijdan Ali

HRH Princess Wijdan Ali is the Dean of the College of Arts and Design, University of Jordan, Amman. She is the Founder and President of the Royal Society of Fine Arts, Amman. She received her B.A. in history from Beirut University College in 1961, while studying art privately. She received a Ph.D. in Islamic art from the University of London in 1993.

In her research, she develops the traditions of Arabic calligraphy in a modern format and forms part of the contemporary school of Arabic calligraphic painting. Her work, which has won awards in Belgium and France, is found in museums and private collections internationally.

Princess Wijdan Ali is founder of the Royal Society of Fine Arts and of the Jordan National Gallery. She is also founder and dean of the newly established Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Jordan.

She was the first woman to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jordan (1962) and also the first woman delegate to represent Jordan at United Nations meetings and the first woman diplomat at the United Nations General Assembly. Princess Wijdan Bint Fawwaz Muhana took the oath of office as Jordan's new ambassador to Italy before King Abdullah II on October 3, 2006.

Image taken from: http://www.timotca.org/art/Jordan.html

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