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My preferred Middle Eastern royal dynasties are the Pahlavis and the Osmanoglus. As a Kurd, I prefer Iranic monarchies to Arab monarchies, because the Kurds are an Iranic people, and the Pahlavis were secularists and Iranian nationalists. Reza Shah saved Iran from becoming a British protectorate, and Mohammad Reza Shah enacted a far-reaching land reform, which expropriated most of the agricultural lands of the Iranian landlords and distributed it to poor peasants, and granted women the right to vote.
The Osmanoglu Sultans were tolerant of the Kurdish language and Kurdish culture, they treated the Jews well and they legalized apostasy from Islam in 1856.

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My favourite would probably be the Pahlavi's on account of Reza's current work.
I know little about the other houses of the region so am open to changing my mind.
I am probably more Osmanoglu-sympathetic than the average person but have no passionate beliefs about them.

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My favourite would probably be the Pahlavi's on account of Reza's current work.
I know little about the other houses of the region so am open to changing my mind.
I am probably more Osmanoglu-sympathetic than the average person but have no passionate beliefs about them.

I also admire Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, because he is a prominent Iranian opposition leader. 
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Most members of this forum considering the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan their favourite Middle Eastern monarchy annoys me, because the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan expelled the ancient Jewish population of the Old City of Jerusalem. East Jerusalem must remain under Israeli rule. I don't support abolition of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, because the Hashemite kings of Jordan have been decent kings of Jordan, but I definitely prefer Morocco, Oman and Kuwait to Jordan.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamization_of_East_Jerusalem_under_Jordanian_occupation
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