She has also published two books, Queen Noor of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby on August 23, 1951, in Washington, D. Her father, Najeeb Elias Halaby, was born in Dallas, Texas of Syrian descent, and distinguished himself as a U. Navy test pilot and lawyer who became head of the Federal Aviation Administration under President John F. Lisa grew up in family of privilege where public service was valued.
In the meantime, her father had just accepted an offer from the Jordanian government to help redesign their airlines, forming the company Arab Air Services.During a speech at the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C., Noor said, "If a lasting peace in the Middle East is ever to be realized, it is time for the United States to bring its practices in line with an active and unambiguous exercise of the principles that govern its democracy." She has received criticism from some Americans for her allegiance to Jordanian interests, as well as Islamic fundamentalists for overstepping the traditional boundaries of her role as queen.Although the Jordanian people expressed discomfort about King Hussein's choice of a non Arab-Muslim bride, they soon warmed to the union when they witnessed Queen Noor's genuine interest and commitment to Jordan and her conversion to the Islamic religion.
Queen Noor's throne came with a myriad of challenges, multiplied by her status as a foreigner with an extremely liberal background.
After their first meeting, King Hussein and Halaby became friends, and by 1978, their friendship had evolved into a romance.