Abdelsalam al-Majali

His Excellency
Abdelsalam al-Majali
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
19 March 1997  20 August 1998
Monarch King Hussein
Preceded by Abdul Karim al-Kabariti
Succeeded by Fayez al-Tarawneh
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
30 May 1993  7 January 1995
Monarch King Hussein
Preceded by Zaid ibn Shaker
Succeeded by Zaid ibn Shaker
Personal details
Born Abdelsalam Atalla Al Majali
April 1925 (age 90)[1]
Al Karak, Emirate of Transjordan (now Jordan)
Political party Independent
Residence Amman, Jordan
Alma mater Syrian University
Royal College for Physicians
Profession Otolaryngologist
Religion Islam

Abdelsalam al-Majali ( pronunciation  AHB-duhl sah-LAM al mah-JAH-lee Arabic: عبد السلام المجالي; born April 1925) is a Jordanian physician and politician who served twice as the prime minister of Jordan.

Early life and education

Majali was born in Al Karak, Emirate of Transjordan (now Jordan) in April 1925.[2] He received his medical degree from Syrian University in Damascus in 1949.[2] He also holds a diploma of Laryngology and Otology from the Royal College of Physicians in London, which he obtained in 1953.[3] He was awarded by a fellowship of the American College of Surgeons in 1960.[3] In 1974, he was awarded by Hacettepe University as Doctor Honoris Causa.[3]


Majali was director of medical services for the Jordanian Armed Forces from 1960 to 1969.[2] He also served as minister of health (1969–1971), minister of state for prime ministerial affairs (1970-1971 and 1976-1979) and also, minister of education (1976-1979).[3] He was then named as president of the University of Jordan (1971–1976 and 1980-1989).[3][4] In 1973, Majali was promoted to be a professor of medicine at the University of Jordan.[3] He served as advisor to king Hussein starting in the late 1980s.

Majali was prime minister from May 1993 to January 1995, during which time he signed the 1994 Israel–Jordan peace treaty. When he was appointed prime minister, he was also given the portfolio of foreign minister.[5] On 5 January 1995, he resigned from office.[6] He again was prime minister from 1997 to 1998, after which he was appointed to the Jordanian senate.[7]

In January 2003 Majali was named as a member to the committee of patrons of the Anglo-Arab Organisation.[2] As of 2013, Majali is chairman of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences.[8]


  1. "اخبار الناس في الاردن" (in Arabic). Jafra News. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "His Excellency Dr Abdul Salam Al-Majali". Anglo-Arab Organisation. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Prof. Abdel-Salam Majali". Islamic World Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  4. "Al-Majali, Abdelsalam". Meridian. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  5. "King swears in new delegate". The Prescott Courier. Amman. AP. 30 May 1993. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  6. "Jordanian cabinet resigns after 19 months". Lawrence Journal. Amman. AP. 5 January 1995. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  7. "Majali to head caretaker government". MEED. 11 June 1993. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  8. "Profile". The Emirates Center for Strategist Studies and Research. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Zaid ibn Shaker
Prime Minister of Jordan
Succeeded by
Zaid ibn Shaker
Preceded by
Abdelkarim al-Kabariti
Prime Minister of Jordan
Succeeded by
Fayez al-Tarawneh
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