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I have sacrificed everything, abdicated from the throne, and left my homeland for peace and to prevent bloodshed. I have come to Aqaba to prove to the world that my only ambition is to serve my people and free my nation. More

Sharif Hussein bin Ali

Arab Nationalism
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The Arabs have an unequivocal right written in the blood of martyrs under the banners of heroism and loyalty. More

King Abdullah I ibn Al Hussein

Loyalty to Those Who Sacrificed
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It is up to this country, which has always known how to overcome difficulties and obstacles, to continue onwards in its march to carry the Great Arab Revolt —stronger and more resilient and mature than ever. More

His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal

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We also celebrate the anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt and Army Day, recalling the major sacrifices that loyal Jordan has made for the sake of the Arab Revolt’s message and for its Arab and Islamic constants. More

His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein

I see myself face to face before an unbridled Arab Revolution, carried out by young, enthusiastic Arabs, and led by a man on whom Arabs have pinned their hopes — Sharif Hussein. More

Subhi Al Omari

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Arabs fought and gave their blood for the sake of liberty and unity. They fought believing in one ideal — that of an inclusive nationalism that brings them all together. More

Suleiman Al Mousa

The Great Arab Revolt was a call for power, unity and independence, and it was a war on sectarianism, regionalism and weakness. More

Mamdouh Al Rousan

We must review what has been written about the Arab Revolt — the first and largest nationalist revolution that called for Arab unity and a nationalist Arab state. Until that is done, I found in myself the desire and determination to contribute to this topic to counter injustice and fabrication. More

Mostafa Tallas

This nationalist revolution is the Revolt of the Arab nation, whose anniversary is celebrated by those who read history carefully. To designate it, historians and leading intellectuals have called it the Great Arab Revolt — the first in modern history. More

Professor Ibrahim Al Shoraiqi

Revolution Timeline

Preliminaries
1847

Origins of the Arab Revolt

Over the course of its development, the Arab nationalist consciousness always called for an independent Arab state, irrespective of its geographical framework, led by one of Mecca’s sharifs.

1908

Arabs Name Sharif Hussein Leader

Arabs looked up to Sharif Hussein bin Ali as their leader after he was appointed Sharif of Al Hijaz of Mecca in 1908. This initiative first bore fruit in 1913, with 35 Arab members of the Ottoman Chamber of Deputies delegating Sharif Hussein to speak for the Arabs.

7/14/1915

The Hussein-McMahon Correspondence

Arab aspirations were met with encouragement and support from Britain, especially after the war started and Turkey sided with Germany, against Sharif Hussein’s advice to Sultan Mehmed V Reshad not to enter the fighting.

1916
5/6/1916

‘Send the blonde horse’

"Send the blond horse" is a coded message included in a letter Prince Faisal sent to his father, Sharif Hussein, signalling the start of the Great Arab Revolt.

6/10/1916

Firing the First Shot

The morning of 10 June 1916 was a day marked in history books, embodying Arab determination to achieve their sought-after aspirations.

8/15/1916

Al Qibla — The First Arab Hashemite Newspaper

Al Qibla used the Quranic verse, “We appointed the Qibla to which thou wast used, only to test those who followed the Apostle from those who would turn on their heels from the faith” (Al Baqarah: 143) as its motto.

1917
6/10/1917

The Great Arab Revolt Banner — The Mother Flag

The concept of the Revolt’s banner came from the symbols of the Arab Awakening, and there was no foreign interference in its creation. The Great Arab Revolt forces originally carried the red Hashemite flag.

1918
1/15/1918

Revolt’s Military Routes in Jordan and Syria

The Great Arab Revolt armies executed military operations of varying levels in the Jordanian theatre between 1 July 1917, until the end of September 1918. The operations covered almost all of Jordanian territory, according to well-set plans and accurate military vision.

Results
3/8/1920

Syrian National Congress

The Syrian National Congress, held in Damascus in 1920, produced decisive outcomes supported by Sharif Hussein bin Ali, foremost of which declared the complete independence of Syria within its national borders, named Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein King of Hijaz and rejected the Zionist Balfour Declaration.

11/21/1920

Jordan: From Revolt to Statehood

His Highness Prince Abdullah arrived in Maan leading his military force on 21 November 1920, and realised that it would be impossible to face the two superpowers at the time — France and Britain — with a small number of fighters and no heavy weapons.

4/11/1921

History’s Judgement

The Great Arab Revolt’s foremost achievements include the establishment of independent Arab kingdoms in Hijaz, Syria and Iraq as well as the establishment of an Emirate in Transjordan.

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