Egypt, Syria, Morsi, Al-Qaeda, Iran, Jordan, Brotherhood And Princess Stories

©Renee 2013

Do you want to see the old stories, jewels of the Nile long passed ? Do you wish to know the old connections that have to do with the now in world history ?

Okay…Once upon a time there was a kingdom….

The Egyptian armed forces Monday, Sept. 30, launched an offensive to confront Al Qaeda and its Salafist allies for the first time in their lofty strongholds in the rugged central Sinai range of Jabal al-Halal, debkafile’s exclusive military and counter terror sources disclose.

Until now, the Egyptian military and security forces, fought the terrorists in northern Sinai, but held back from braving them in the citadel they have dubbed the “Tora Bora of Sinai,” after the site of Osama bin Laden’s last stand in Afghanistan in 2011 against the American army.

Fawzia Fuad of Egypt (Persian: شاهدخت فوزیه‎, Arabic: الأميرة فوزية‎) (5 November 1921 – 2 July 2013) was an Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

She is also known as Fawzia Chirine (or Shirin), having remarried in 1949. Although her royal titles were no longer recognized by the Egyptian government after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 international protocol dictates that former monarchs and members of former ruling royal families still retain titles obtained whilst a member of a reigning monarchy. She was the oldest member of the deposed Muhammad Ali Dynasty residing in Egypt. Her nephew, Fuad, who was proclaimed King Fuad II of Egypt and Sudan after the Revolution, resides in Switzerland.

Egypt’s Former First

official autographed photo of Egypt’s first family 1952-53
HRH Prince Abbas Hilmi, HIH Princess Neslishah, HRH Princess Ikbal, HRH Regent
Abdel Moneim Hilmi (photo courtesy Prince Abbas Hilmi)

Born in Istanbul’s elegant district of Nishantashi, HIH Princess Neslishah died peacefully last April in her Bosphorus-side villa in nearby Ortakoy. During the interim 91 years republican Turkey had reconciled with its Ottoman past so that the passing of the last surviving member of the Imperial dynasty born before its demise did not go unnoticed. Quite the contrary, the departed sultana received glowing tributes from the nation’s president, its head of government, its parliament and more importantly, her countrymen. Many regarded Neslishah a potent symbol of both the temporal and the divine. If her maternal grandfather was Sultan Wahidedine, the 36th and last Ottoman emperor, her paternal grandfather HIH Abdel Mejid was the ultimate Caliph of the vast Islamic nation.

In a Turkey currently witnessing an Ottoman revival Neslishah Sultan was considered the acknowledged descendant of a 600 year old dynasty that once controlled the Mediterranean, half of Europe, the entire Near East and beyond. She was of the same bloodline as Sultan Mohammed al-Fatih and Suleiman the Magnificent, implied Prime Minister Erdogan while giving a speech to a parliamentary gathering in Ankara the day she died.

On the other hand in an Egypt undergoing another turbulent period in its modern history, only some remaining octogenarians remember al-Amira Naslishah, the nation’s glamorous First Lady of 1952-3.

Hardly anyone recalls when in the 1940s Neslishah’s photos were front page in Egyptian and foreign magazines rightly describing her as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Together with her two younger sisters, both married to Egyptian princes, they formed a glamorous trio turning heads whenever they appeared at charity events or fund-raising balls. Princess Neslishah married in 1941 Prince Abdel Moneim Abbas Hilmi the son of Egypt’s last khedive. But since history is often arbitrary, Prince Abdel Moneim, rather than assuming the throne legitimately, found himself third in line of succession to Egypt’s throne in view of his father’s forced exile in December 1914. Another comparable exile would however thrust the prince at the forefront of political events when he was unexpectedly appointed head of the constitutional regency council following the abdication of King Farouk on 23 July 1952. For the next nine months Regent Abdel Moneim and his imperial-born consort were the official symbols of the monarchy’s last days.


And note this part as well from the link above too:

Thus yesterday’s First Couple became social pariahs. But as expected of a princess with six centuries of imperial breeding behind her Neslishah bravely weathered the storm. With a son studying in London and a young daughter to look after life had to go on as normally as can be under the circumstances.

But the flare-up would not pass quietly. In 1958 Prince Namuk was apprehended in Bagdad and sent to Egypt courtesy of the military junta that had brutally decimated Iraq’s Hashemite monarchy. The headlines had a field day and once again the princess was dragged into the tussle.

An unflinching Neslishah Sultan soon appeared at Prince Namuk’s re-trial answering head-on accusatory questions laid out by Nasser’s officer-judges. This time around the Ottoman prince had no recourse. Namuk was re-sentenced and sent to Torah prison. For the princess the choice was probably the most difficult in her life so far. Leave Egypt behind and start all over again somewhere in Europe; or stay behind and stand by her cousin in his hour of need. The first choice was an experience she knew well since her own family had been deported from Turkey back in 1924 when strongman Mustafa Kemal declared the republic. So it was déjà vu when another strongman attempted to displace her from her adopted realm.

Imperial duty won the day. Throughout his jail period Namuk was comforted and propped up by an unrelenting Neslishah. Her aging father Shehzade Omer Faruk having retired in Alexandria, she boldly assumed the role of head of the Imperial Ottoman family in Egypt. Undeterred by Nasser’s merciless mokhabarat (secret service) and facing possible detention she made the rounds of the lawyers’ cabinets assembling new evidence countering the state’s claim of wrongdoing.

1953: rare photo of (HIH Princess Neslisah) wife of Egypt’s regent
with Premier Mohammed Naguib
who became Egypt’s first republican president a
few months later (photos courtesy Prince Abbas Hilmi)

1901 – 1984

Egyptian military officer and politician.

Born in the Sudan to a professional family, Muhammad Naguib (also spelled Najib) was a graduate of Egypt’s  military academy. He served on the general staff during World War II and won  respect from junior officers for his distinguished service in Palestine during  the Arab-Israel War of 1948.

The Free Officers who overthrew King Farouk in 1952 decided to present Naguib  as the head of the Revolutionary Command Council, to endow the revolution with  his legitimacy. The  monarchy was abolished in 1953 and Naguib took the posts of provisional  president and premier, but he refused to be satisfied with a titular role. He  favored a return to parliamentary government and, after a protracted  struggle with Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, leader of the ruling military junta, Naguib was ousted in 1954. In 1955, Naguib published Egypt’s  Destiny. In 1956, Nasser was confirmed as president of Egypt by  referendum.

And his wife, was related to Nasser above, Helena Fathia Rizk:

And back to him:

And the Naquib/Najib name connects to the King of Jordan’s wife Noor:

Queen Noor was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Najeeb Halaby and Doris Carlquist (Swedish descent). Her father was an aviator, airline executive, and government official. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Truman administration, before being appointed by John F. Kennedy to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Najeeb Halaby had a successful private-sector career, serving as CEO of Pan American World Airways from 1969 to 1972. The Halabys had two children following Lisa; a son, Christian, and a younger daughter, Alexa. They divorced in 1977.

Noor’s paternal grandfather, Najeeb Elias Halaby, a Syrian immigrant, was a petroleum broker, according to 1920 Census records. Merchant Stanley Marcus, however, recalled that in the mid-1920s, Halaby opened Halaby Galleries, a rug boutique and interior-decorating shop, at Neiman-Marcus in Dallas, Texas, and ran it with his Texas-born wife, Laura Wilkins (1889–1987, later Mrs. Urban B. Koen). Najeeb Halaby died shortly afterward, and his estate was unable to continue the new enterprise.

According to research done in 2010 for the PBS series Faces of America by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of Harvard University, her great-grandfather, Elias Halaby, came to New York around 1891, one of the earliest Syrian immigrants to the United States. He had been a Christian and provincial treasurer (magistrate) in the Ottoman Empire. He left Syria with his two eldest sons. His wife Almas and remaining children joined him in the United States in 1894. He died three years later, leaving his teenage sons, Habib, and Najeeb (her paternal grandfather), to run his import business. Najeeb moved to Dallas around 1910 and fully assimilated into American society.

Noor/Lisa is close to Carlos Slim.

And then we have John Meacham, the partner of King Hussein with oil rights:

It’s a small world no ?

The Obama campaign’s Muslim outreach director participated in a meeting in mid September that was attended by several controversial Muslim activists, NBC News has learned. The Obama campaign now concedes that was a misjudgment, and that its top Muslim staffer would not have attended the meeting if she had known the full participant list beforehand.

UPDATE* 12/16/2013:

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