Jordan

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Jordan

About Jordan

DESIGNATION: Restricted

OVERVIEW: Jordan has experienced an influx of refugees from neighboring countries over the past 70 years, with nearly half the current population composed of refugees. Syrians began arriving in large numbers during their civil war, which began in 2011. The majority of Christian activity among Jordanian Christians in recent years has been focused on serving these refugees. Having seen God work so powerfully among Arab Muslim refugees, Jordanian Christians are emboldened as never before to reach out to their Muslim neighbors.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: 96 percent of Jordanians are Sunni Muslims. 2 percent are Christians.

PERSECUTOR: Christian converts from Islam are persecuted, sometimes violently in rural and tribal areas, by their families and extended clan. The Jordanian government restricts open evangelism and sometimes also Bible distribution activities. 

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN JORDAN: Christians are free to meet openly, but they have difficulty getting government approval to open new churches or church facilities. Gatherings of believers are monitored, and Muslims that convert to Christianity often meet privately in homes to avoid drawing extra attention. Family member often create severe hardships for these believers by taking their homes, children, jobs and inheritances. Those born into Christian families are allowed to worship openly and dress differently.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: A variety of Bibles are available through Bible societies and book stores.

VOM WORK: VOM helps respond to persecution attacks and the needs of Christian refugees. We also provide training for Christian leaders.

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요르단 | Jordan
Population [ 인구 ]
10,248,069
Note: increased estimate reflects revised assumptions about the net migration rate due to the increased flow of Syrian refugees (July 2017 est.)
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
  • Jordanian
  • Syrian
  • Palestinian
  • Egyptian
  • Iraqi
  • Other 2.6% (includes Armenian, Circassian)
Religion [ 종교 ]
  • Muslim
  • Christian
  • Hindu
  • Buddhist
  • Jewish
  • folk religion
  • Unaffiliated
  • Other (2010 est.)
Note:Muslim 97.2% (official; predominantly Sunni), Christian 2.2% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), Buddhist 0.4%, Hindu 0.1%, Jewish <0.1, folk religionist <0.1, unaffiliated <0.1, other <0.1 (2010 est.)
Leader [ 지도자 ]

King ABDALLAH II (since 7 February 1999); Crown Prince HUSSEIN (born 28 June 1994), eldest son of King ABDALLAH II

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]
Mixed system developed from codes instituted by the Ottoman Empire (based on French law), British common law, and Islamic law
Source [ 자료출처 ]

CIA World Factbook

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