Emad Hajjaj

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Emad Hajjaj
Emad Hajjaj Personal.jpeg
Born 1967 (age 50–51)
West Bank, Jordan
Nationality Jordanian
Education Bachelor of Fine Arts, Yarmouk University
Known for drawing caricatures
Website cartoon.abumahjoobnews.com

Emad Hajjaj (Arabic: عماد حجاج‎) is a political cartoonist[1] from Palestine.[2][3] He has been described as a leading editorial cartoonist and works for Al rai and the Jordan Times.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Emad was born in Jordan's West Bank in 1967.[5] He received his art education at Yarmouk University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991 after majoring in graphic design and with a minor in journalism.ref>"Edam Hajjaj," [Biogrraphical Notes], Cartooning for Peace, Online:</ref> Edam is the brother of Osama Hajjaj who is also a cartoonist and political caricaturist.[6] The brothers are acutely aware of the challenges involved in publishing political cartoons in strife-torn Middle East. Both have been victims of intimidation and have received death threats on account of their satirical work, especially for cartoons directed at ISIS.[7]

During the Pan Arab games held in Amman, Emad published a cartoon which pointed out the irony that a nation could be proud when it allowed honor killings to continue.[4] In 2008, an exhibition of his work, featuring 100 drawings was held at the city hall of Ra's al-'Ayn,[8] and he was a contributor to the Lighting Lamps exhibition which was sponsored by the British Council.[9]

Abu Mahjoob[edit]

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Hajjaj created the cartoon character Abu Mahjoob (Arabic: أبو محجوب‎) in 1993, and has gained in popularity in Jordan since then. Abu Mahjoob represents the common Jordanian man and portrays his every day political, social, and cultural concerns.[10] He wears a pinstripe suit and necktie along with a red keffiyeh and agal, and sports a crooked moustache.

Emad Hajjaj first drew Abu Mahjoob in 1993 as a character who hung candidate posters in the Jordanian parliamentary election that year. Hajjaj based the character on his father in terms of his witty and ironic humor.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kummer, Patricia K. (2006). Jordan (Enchantment of the World, Second). Children's Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-516-24870-7.
  2. ^ Suleiman, Yasir (2011). Arabic, Self and Identity: A Study in Conflict and Displacement. Oxford University Press. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-19-974701-6.
  3. ^ Mahafzah, Al (2008). Sarvepalli Gopa, ed. History of humanity: scientific and cultural development. The twentieth century. p. 682. ISBN 978-92-3-104083-2.
  4. ^ a b Warrick, Catherine (2009). Law in the service of legitimacy: gender and politics in Jordan. Ashgate. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7546-7587-7.
  5. '^ "Edam Hajjaj," [Biogrraphical Notes], Cartooning for Peace, Online:; Bendazz, G., Animation: A World History, Vol. III, CRC Press, 2015, [E-text edition], n.p.
  6. ^ Maktabi, R., "Brothers' political cartoons break taboos," CNN: Middle East News, 5 April, 2011 Online:
  7. ^ Gruber, C., "Fighting ISIS With A Pen," 26 June, Newsweek, 26 June, 2015, Online:
  8. ^ "Hajjaj cartoons to be on display". Jordan Times. 1 August 2008.
  9. ^ Franks, Tim (16 March 2009). "Jerusalem Diary: 16 March". BBC.
  10. ^ Tarawneh, Naseem (May 2010). "Hala 3ammi: The Abu Mahjoob Legacy" (PDF). Jordan Business: 55–57.
  11. ^ "مبدع شخصيّة "أبو محجوب" عماد حجاج -رسالته حياة النّاس وهمومهم" (in Arabic). Heya. July 2008. Archived from the original on 2014-12-06.

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