Jordan
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
July 13
Asia
Factbook

Challenges for Prayer

1 The passing of the throne from King Hussein, the quintessential Arab moderate, to his son Abdullah in 1999 was a smooth transition, but difficulties lie ahead

2 The Christian community has suffered a numerical freefall in the past decades, due to lower birth rates, high rate of emigration, influx of Muslim refugees and the rise of politicized Islam

3 Evangelical churches are experiencing encouraging growth, more than doubling in the 1990s

4 The constant loss of leadership potential through emigration is a drain on the body of believers

5 Foreign missionaries have limited ministry opportunities because of the sensitive religious and political situation

6 The unreached comprise the vast majority of the population

a) The Muslim majority

b) The millions of Palestinians who are now a majority in Jordan

c) Iraqi refugees

d) The 200,000 Bedouin

e) People of many nationalities present in Jordan

7 In recent years there has been increasing interest in outreach to the majority community and the development of house churches

8 The ministry of media

9 Literature in Arabic is becoming more widely available

Geography


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Area 89,206 sq.km. Agriculture and population is concentrated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan.

Population (2000) 6,669,341 +3.07%AGR

Capital Amman 1,575,000.

Peoples

Arab 97.1%; Jordanian Minorities 1%; Non-Jordanians 1.9%.

Literacy 86%. Official langauge Arabic. All languages 8. Languages with Scriptures 2Bi 1NT 2por 1w.i.p.

Economy

The geo-politics of the past 60 years have hindered economic development. . . . Unemployment 22%. HDI 0.715; 94th/174. Public debt 104% of GNP. Income/person $1,520 (4.8% of USA) Unemployment 22%. HDI 0.715; 94th/174. Public debt 104% of GNP. Income/person $1,520 (4.8% of USA){/SENTENCE}.

Politics

Part of Turkish empire until 1918.

Religion

Islam is the state religion, but the constitution prohibits discrimination and promotes the free exercise of religious belief and worship, while prohibiting the proselytism of Muslims.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Muslim 96.19 6,415,239 +3.2%
Christian 2.75 183,407 +0.8%
non-Religious/other 1.00 66,693 +1.1%
Baha'i 0.03 2,000 +3.1%
Other 0.03 2,000 +11.8%
Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 17 0.18 12 +3.5%
Independent 2 0.04 3 +21.4%
Anglican 1 0.11 7 +0.8%
Catholic 3 1.14 76 +1.7%
Orthodox 3 1.28 86 -0.5%

Churches in Jordan


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