A Visit to Jordan and Jerusalem

Final Thoughts
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In Jordan I was reintroduced to the diverse cultures, armies, and religions that have ebbed and flowed across this land. In Jerusalem alone, there have been 11 separate transitions from one dominant religion to another. For centuries, blood has been shed on, and prayers have been offered from every point of high ground. Is it any wonder my trip was less about scenery than about history and humanity?

Just a few minutes after my Royal Jordanian Airlines flight took off from Queen Alia International Airport outside Amman it reached the Mediterranean Sea, having completely crossed over Israel. That makes a crucial point. "Land for peace" may sound reasonable from far away but each square kilometer of land has great meaning in terms of agriculture, security, and religion. Human tolerance is so limited, in part, because physical distances are so finite. All the while, independent of politics, the desert advances inexorably.

The Qur'an (Koran) says: "Allah has laid out the earth for you like a vast carpet so that you will travel its endless roads." It's time to experience the unique Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for yourself. Assalam Alaikum!

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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