Naour, Jordan

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Naour/Naur
ناعور Na'our
District
Na'our nature
Na'our nature
Flag of Naour/Naur
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Country  Jordan
Governorate Amman Governorate
Founded 1900
Government
 • Mayor Abdul Halim Kilani, Talal Alsamour
Area
 • District 87 km2 (34 sq mi)
Elevation 777–850 m (2,564 ft)
Population
 • Urban 50,000
Time zone GMT +2
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) +962(6) 5727

Naour (Arabic: ناعور‎), also called Naur, is region number 26 in the Greater Amman Municipality. It is located on the west side of the capital, and comprises 26 neighborhoods or residential areas. Naour comprises approximately 87 km2, i.e. 5.19%, of the total landscape of Greater Amman Municipality. Its population is 50,000 and it is bordered by six regions.[1]

The down town of Naour was established by the Circassian immigrants who were expelled from their homeland Circassia (Cherkessia) in the North Caucasus in 1900. The Circassian immigration was one of the latest Circassian immigrations which started in 1864 as a result of the Russian army control over Circassia after about 150 years of war. The number of the Circassian families which established Naour was about 55 families, descending from different Circassians tribes like the Abzakh, Shapsugs, Bazadough and a few from the Kabarday. They established a big mosque in the center of the town, after building their homes and built elementary school, grain mills, water springs, roads, fields, gardens, shops, carpentry shops and blacksmith shops.

Naour is a unique place in that its inhabitants are from different groups and ethnicities, from different races, religions, and roots, which give it a beautiful image of harmony and happiness between the inhabitants, and these include but not limited to Bedouins like Al-Ajarmah, Circassians, villagers like Al-Thawabeieh (originally from Tafilah), Christians originally from Salt and Palestinians who came after 1948 and 1967.

Some of the Naourian families moved to a bounded district called Marj Al-Hamam, where a large area of its lands were meadows (fields) – owned by the Naourian families – for the families and tribes from Naour, like the Circassians and Al-Ajarmah (Al-Ofeshat). These peoples, however, still consider themselves to be Naourians and have participated in the elections of the charity associations, etc.

Naour is considered to be a patriotic district and has participated in many major events that have occurred in Jordan. Several of Jordan's most prominent historical figures (who were influential in different battles and wars) originally hailed from Na'our. Furthermore, several Naourians have served as high-ranking government officials and military officers, and a number of Naourians have also been famous writers, laureates, etc.

Issa Al-Naouri (the Naourian), for example, is considered to be among the most influential writers in Jordan, Palestine, and Middle East countries.

King Abdullah II has visited Naour for several times and the last royal visit took place in 2011[2]

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