Wilson, Mary C. King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
King Abdullah was born in Mecca in 1882 of a family that traced its lineage to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). His father, Sharif Hussein, was the last of the Hashemite Sharifians that ruled over Mecca, Medina and the Hijaz in unbroken succession from 1201 to 1925. During the First World War King Abdullah led the Great Arab revolt, and founded the Arab Legion, against the Ottoman Empire, emerging afterwards as a main contender for power in the Middle East. King Abdullah, the grandfather of King Hussein I, negotiated a new Anglo-Transjordanian treaty on March 22, 1946, ending the British mandate and gaining full independence to what became two months later, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This book is the first in-depth description and analysis of a unique, monumental and far-sighted figure in the fascinating and often turbulent contemporary Arab world.