Abadiya bint Ali

Aliya bint Ali (1907 – 14 July 1958) was an Iraqi princess. She was the daughter of Ali, King of Hejaz, and Princess Nafeesa, sister of Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah, and the aunt of King Faisal II of Iraq. She was murdered in the massacre of the royal family during the 14 July Revolution.

Aliya bint Ali
عبد الستار العبوسي (Princess Khadija Abdiya of Iraq).jpg
Mecca, Ottoman Empire
Died14 July 1958 (aged 50–51)
Baghdad, Iraq
HouseHouse of Hashem
FatherAli bin Hussein
MotherNafissa Khanum

On 14 July 1958, the Royal Palace in Baghdad, al-Rahab, was attacked by the rebels during the 14 July Revolution. When the defenders of the palace realized they were vastly overnumbered, and that it would be impossible to defend the royal family, they agreed to hand them over to the rebels, who stated that they would transport them to custody in the Ministry of Defense. The royal family, consisting of the king, the crown prince, Princess Hiyam, Princess Nafissa (mother of the crown prince), and Princess Abadiya (the king's aunt), as well as some members of the royal staff, left the palace via the kitchen. When passing the kitchen garden through a row of rebel soldiers, the soldiers opened fire. The king was hit in the head and neck, while the crown prince, Nafissa and Abadiya were all hit in the back, and Hiyam in the leg or hip. The rebels had agreed that the crown prince and the prime minister should be killed, but there had been different opinions as what to do with the king, and no decisions at all in regard to the female members of the family.[1]

After the massacre, the bodies were taken to cars to be transported to the Ministry of Defense. The king, Abadiya, and Hiyam were reportedly still alive, but the king died during the trip. The cars stopped, and the bodies of the king and the crown prince were taken out, the former being hanged, the latter being defiled and dragged through the streets.


  1. ^ Juan Romero (18 December 2010). The Iraqi Revolution of 1958: A Revolutionary Quest for Unity and Security. University Press of America. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-7618-5260-5.
  • Gourji C. Bekhor. (1990). Fascinating life and sensational death: the conditions in Iraq before and after the Six-Day War, G.C. Bekhor.