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Jordan

Ranked as the #30 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: King Abdullah II
Government: Constitutional monarchy

Population: 7.6 million (172,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Moderate
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism/Tribal antagonism

OVERVIEW OF JORDAN

JordanTensions between moderate and radical Islamic elements in Jordanian society are on the increase, under influence of the Arab uprisings and civil war in Syria. Tribal antagonism is clearly mixed with Islam. Jordanian society is multi-ethnic - a phenomenon which is also reflected by the monarchy. Jordan hosts large groups of refugees, mostly from Iraq and Syria, which leads to economic, political and religious pressure and are a potential destabilizing factor. The number of Christians in the country has been declining for half a century. For a long time, Jordan has been one of the most liberal countries of the region in terms of freedom of religion. However, the tide seems to be turning against Christians, especially for Christian converts from a Muslim background (MBBs) who suffer the most persecution.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For the halt of radical Islam, including the Islamic State
  • For churches working with a large number of refugees from places such as Syria and Iraq
  • That Christians who evangelize Muslims or support Muslim Background Believers will cope with the growing pressure and tensions

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