The Order of the Star of Jordan
(Wisam al-Kawkab al-Urduni) or The Order of Hussein ibn Ali
(Wisam al-Hussein ibn Ali) is an award and military decoration
of the sovereign state of Jordan
and is awarded for military or civil merit. It was founded in honour of his father, by King Abdullah I
on 22 June 1949. The Grand Cordon class was introduced by King Hussein
on 23 September 1967.
It is awarded to members of the Royal Family
(Hashemite) in two classes (1. Qiladat al-Hussein ibn Ali – Collar: awarded to Heads of State, and 2. Grand Cordon: awarded to consorts of heads of state, senior Jordanian and foreign princes and princesses). The award possesses 5 Grades; (Grand Cordon, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight) plus a medal. These may be awarded to anyone deserving. A Ribbon is issued for members of the military; Dark green with narrow purple edge stripes.
Recipients use the postnomials SJ
which are altered depending on the class awarded; GCSJ
for Grand Cordon; GOSJ
for Grand officer; CSJ
for Commander; OSJ
for Officer; and KSJ
is a transliteration
of (الكوكب الأردني), a name given to a shield (trophy
) that is given in Jordan
. It is usually given by Head of state
to reward extraordinary achievements, usually by military officials and other officials. It is given in a ceremony on the Independence
Day of Jordan, 25 May.
The Order of the Star is awarded to members of the Hashemites
(the Royal Family) by convention. While others are often Royalty of other states, the Order of the Star is also considered a military award
, as such, members of the Jordanian military are believed to have been awarded the order, however no reliable source confirms this.