Arab, Jordanian in Spain


Population
1,100
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The country of Jordan, which is about the size of the state of Indiana, is mostly covered with desert which can support only a few Bedouin nomads. Thus, the majority of its people have settled in the northern highlands, where greater rainfall can support agriculture. The capital, Amman, is the largest city, and offers almost all Western conveniences, products, restaurants, and services.

Jordan is at the crossroads of the Middle East and has served to connect Asia, Africa and Europe as a conduit for trade and communications from ancient times until now. In 1920, Jordan was established under the name Transjordan as a British mandate, and Abdullah I was made king. Jordan was granted independence from the British in 1946, when the name of the country was officially changed to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. King Hussein ruled from 1953 until his death in February of 1999. His eldest son, King Abdullah II assumed the throne.

Most of the Arabs in Spain are from either Morocco or Algeria, and it has been that way for centuries. Many Spaniards are suspicious of Arabs and other Muslims, since the Muslim Moors controlled their country for almost 700 years. They probably don't know that the Jordanians in their midst are from a very different part of the Arab World with a different dialect and culture.


Where Are they Located?

Jordanians usually live in Jordan and other Arabic-speaking countries in their part of the world. A smaller number have fled to locations in Europe in search of jobs and education. Because of unrest in neighboring Syrian, there have been some Jordanians who have fled to Europe. As long as Syria remains unstable, we will probably see more Jordanians fleeing to Europe, starting in southern countries like Greece, Italy and Spain.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Jordanians have a high literacy rate, and a more modern outlook than most Arabs. For this reason, many have been able to fit in well in urban Spain. Others are there because they had to flee the violence in Syria that has affected Jordan in a negative way.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nearly all of Jordanians are Muslim. The great majority of Arabs practice Sunni Islam. Christians account for a small percentage of the Jordanian Arab population, but the largest churches are Orthodox and not evangelical. These Christians need to put their trust in the person, Jesus Christ, not in their heritage.


What Are Their Needs?

Some Jordanians in Spain have the resources to get a good education or start a business, but there are some arriving now who are not so fortunate.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a strong desire to know God personally that will affect lives among Muslim Jordanians in Spain.
* Pray that as Jordanian Arabs make a new start in Europe, that they will also make a new spiritual start by allowing Jesus to speak to their hearts.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12368/JO
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs_in_Spain
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordanian_Arabic


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Jordanian
People Name in Country Arab, Jordanian
Population in Spain 1,100
World Population 1,411,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Arab, Arabic, Palestinian-Jordanian, Jordanian Arab, Palestinian Arab
People ID 12368
ROP3 Code 104301
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Arabic, South Levantine Spoken (1,100 speakers)
Language Code ajp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, South Levantine Spoken
Primary Language Arabic, South Levantine Spoken (1,100 speakers)
Language Code ajp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, South Levantine Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source The Masters View / Howard Erickson 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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