The Hashemite Arab Federation was a short-lived country that was formed in 1958 from the union between the Hashemite Kingdoms of Iraq and Jordan. Although the name implies a federal structure, it was de facto a confederation.
Hashemite Arab Federation
الاتحاد العربي الهاشمي
Al-Ittihad Al-‘Arabī Al-Hashimi
|Religion||Majority Islam (Sunni and Shi'a), minorities Christianity and others|
|Government||Confederal dual monarchy|
|Historical era||Cold War|
|14 February 1958|
|14 July 1958|
|2 August 1958|
|1958||527,659 km2 (203,730 sq mi)|
|Today part of||Iraq|
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|Politics of the Arab world|
The Federation was formed on 14 February 1958, when King Faisal II of Iraq and his cousin, King Hussein of Jordan, sought to unite their two Hashemite kingdoms, as a response to the formation of the United Arab Republic between Egypt and Syria. The union lasted only six months, being officially dissolved on 2 August 1958, after Faisal was deposed by a military coup on 14 July.