Faisal II


Related Overviews

Faisal I (1885—1933)

Hussein ibn Ali (1853—1931) emir of Mecca and founder of the Hashemite kingdom of the Hejaz

United Arab Republic

Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918—1970) Egyptian colonel and statesman, Prime Minister 1954–6 and President 1956–70


'Faisal II' can also refer to...


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Contemporary History (Post 1945)


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(b. 2 May 1935, d. 14 July 1958).

King of Iraq 1939–58 The grandson of Faisal I, he succeeded his father, King Ghazi, at the age of 4, though he did not take up formal power from his regent, Abd al‐Ilah, until 1953. Educated in England with his cousin Hussein of Jordan, in February 1958 he became head of the Arab Federation of Jordan and Iraq, which was formed in response to the United Arab Republic of Syria and Egypt. Devoid of the political instinct or the charisma of his cousin Hussein, he was ousted in a pro‐Nasser military coup, when he and his uncle were murdered and the Republic of Iraq was proclaimed.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.