Jordanian Arab in Türkiye (Turkey)


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

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.
In 1948, thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their homelands and became refugees in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. In the Six-Day War of 1967, Jordan lost the West Bank, which resulted in the displacement of large numbers of these refugees into Jordan, on the east side of the Jordan River. Today more than half of the total population of Jordan is Palestinian, many as refugees.
Many Jordanian Arabs now live and work in other countries including Turkey. In Turkey they are most likely to live in cities like Ankara, Istanbul and Antalya.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Jordanians in Turkey must learn a different language and culture. Their natural tendency is to socialize with other Jordanian Arabs, but they will need to get socially and economically connected with the Turkish majority.
There are Jordanians there who are very poor and others have businesses and prestigious positions. Some seek to buy property, get businesses started and establish Turkish citizenship. There are many Jordanians who visit Turkey as tourists.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Jordanian Arabs in Turkey are Sunni Muslim like the Turks. A smaller number are Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics and Evangelicals.


What Are Their Needs?

A Muslim who professes faith in Jesus can lose his family, his honor, his job, or even his life. Evangelism among Jordanian Arabs is challenging due to strong law, religion, social customs and tight family ties.
There is a great need for church planting in rural areas.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will far exceed their desire to please their community. Pray it will lead them to the cross.
Ask God to protect the small number of evangelical Jordanian Arab believers and help them to grow strong in him.
Pray that Jordanian Arab Christians would be willing to sacrifice their time, and even their lives, to bring the gospel to Jordanians in Turkey.
Resources
https://www.internations.org/turkey-expats/jordanians
https://www.imtilak.net/en/turkey/articles/jordanians-ownership-turkey
https://ammannet.net/english/280000-jordanians-visited-turkey-last-year


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Jordanian in Türkiye (Turkey).


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Jordanian
People Name in Country Arab, Jordanian
Natural Name Jordanian Arab
Pronunciation jor-DAY-nee-un AE-rub
Alternate Names Arab; Arabic, Palestinian-Jordanian; Jordanian Arab; Palestinian Arab
Population this Country 24,000
Population all Countries 4,931,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12368
ROP3 Code 104301
ROP25 Code 300405
ROP25 Name Arab, Jordanian
Country Türkiye (Turkey)
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Türkiye (Turkey)
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
98.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (24,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (24,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Levantine
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