Raghib al-Nashashibi

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Raghib al-Nashashibi
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Minister of State and Custodian of the Holy Places of Jerusalem
In office
1 January 1951 – 25 July 1951
Minister of Transport
In office
4 December 1950 – 1 January 1951
Minister of Agriculture
In office
12 April 1950 – 11 October 1950
Minister of State
In office
12 January 1950 – 12 April 1950
Minister of Refugees
In office
1 September 1949 – 12 January 1950
Personal details
Born 1881
Died 1951
Political party National Defence Party

Raghib al-Nashashibi (Arabic: راغب النشاشيبي‎, Ragheb al-Nashashibī) (1881–1951), CBE (hon),[1] was a wealthy landowner and public figure during the Ottoman Empire[citation needed], the British Mandate and the Jordanian administration. He was a member of the Nashashibi clan, one of the most influential families in Palestine, and mayor of Jerusalem in 1920–1934.


Nashashibi graduated from Istanbul University and became Jerusalem's District Engineer. The Nashashibis [2] were one of the oldest and most influential Jerusalem families[citation needed], and historical rivals of the Husayni family.[3]

Political career[edit]

King George Street in Jerusalem, dedicated in the presence of Mayor al-Nashashibi, 1924

Nashashibi succeeded Musa Kazim al-Husayni as mayor of Jerusalem in 1920. He was a leading opponent of the Husayni family in Palestine. In 1937 he secretly favoured union with Transjordan.[4] Nashashibi was a founding member of the Arab Higher Committee and a leader of the National Defence Party.

In August 1949 he was appointed head of the new Jordanian ministry for refugees and rehabilitation and was appointed first Governor-General for Arab Palestine in September of that same year. In 1950 he became Jordanian Minister of Agriculture and later Minister of Transport. He was also appointed as custodian of the Holy Places of Jerusalem with cabinet rank.


  • Sayigh, Yezid (2000). Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-829643-6


  1. ^ A Survey of Palestine - prepared in December 1945 and January 1946 for the information of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry. Reprinted 1991 by the Institute of Palestine Studies, Washington. Volume II. ISBN 0-88728-214-8. p.948
  2. ^ Families of Jerusalem and Palestine
  3. ^ Gensicke, Klaus: "Der Mufti von Jerusalem und die Nationalsozialisten. Eine politische Biographie Amin el-Husseinis"; page 19f.; Darmstadt 2007.
  4. ^ Sayigh, 2000, p. 9

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