When the late King Hussein made Mamdouh Bisharat Jordan’s only duke he did so conferring the full title Duke of Mukheibeh as a tribute to the richness of Mamdouh’s vision and in complete contrast to the humbleness with which he leads his life.

In a country absorbed by modernisation, Mamdouh is a tireless conservationist – whether it is church doors and Roman ruins, or the Jordanian countryside. And whilst the revolutionaries of the Arab Spring still clamour downtown beneath his garden (a little more quietly than their neighbours elsewhere but still calling for change nonetheless), Mamdouh hopes ...


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