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: Most Jordanians practice Sunni Islam.

PERSECUTOR: Christian converts from Islam are persecuted, sometimes violently in rural and tribal areas, by their families and extended clan.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN JORDAN: Those born into Christian families are allowed to worship openly and dress differently. However, evangelism and conversion to Christianity are met with retaliation by Muslim neighbors, friends and family members. In some cases, the Mukhabarat will get involved and side with the Muslims. Christian converts from Islam face the greatest problems; they struggle to keep a job and sometimes their children are taken away. Tribal authorities often discipline those considered guilty of religious infractions. Jordanian Christians are constantly aware that the government could be monitoring their activities through technology or spies. When Christians are imprisoned in Jordan for apostasy, it is rarely made known to the public.

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

VOM WORK: VOM helps respond to the needs of Christian refugees. We also provide training for evangelical pastors.

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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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