Deaf in Jordan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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15 and Learning to Speak

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Introduction / History

The Kingdom of Jordan is a small country in the Middle East, bordered by Israel and the Palestinian areas to the West, Syria to the North, Iraq to the East and Saudi Arabia to the South and South-East. Most of the country is desert and the population is centered in urban areas in the western part of the country. There is an estimated 15,000-20,000 Deaf persons in Jordan who would rely on sign language to have access to Scriptures (which is not to say they all know Jordanian Sign Language, since many isolated Deaf people in rural areas might not have a real language at all, using only home signs.)

The official language of Jordan is Arabic, which refers to Modern Standard Arabic, not the language that most people speak, which is very different and is referred to as "dialect". Both Arabic and English are required subjects in schools.

In Arab culture, disabilities, including hearing loss, have traditionally been seen as shameful even though most Arabs believe that anything that occurs can be attributed to the will of God. In some verses of the Qur'an, disability is associated with sin. Because of this stigma, the existence of disability in a family used to be (and in some areas, still is) denied and felt to be a disgrace to the whole family.

A change in attitude, especially over the last 25 years, has made it possible for care and rehabilitation services to be set up. Better education for the deaf , as well as acceptance of their sign language as a real language, plays an important role in providing these services. Jordan has 13 schools for the Deaf (2006) with around 850 children enrolled. The Deaf schools, together with Deaf clubs in the major cities, form communities in which the sign language is transmitted.

Jordanian Sign Language appears to be closely related to that of Lebanon and Syria. A dissertation, an introductory grammar and several linguistic articles about Jordanian Sign Language have been published. And there are some articles that deal with lexical comparisons between various Arabic sign languages.
In Jordan, around 5% of the population is registered as being Christian. There is some receptivity among the Deaf from this group but few of them have ever had access to the gospel in a way they can understand. Obviously there is not this same receptivity among those from a Muslim background. However, all Deaf people seem more open to ideas presented in sign language (including the gospel) than most hearing Muslims would be to a written version of the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Deaf in Jordan.


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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
World Population 46,963,000
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
Country Jordan
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Jordan
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Jordanian Sign Language (51,000 speakers)
Language Code jos   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Jordanian Sign Language (51,000 speakers)
Language Code jos   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Jordanian Sign Language

Primary Language:  Jordanian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Jordanian Sign Language
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
General Desiring God Ministries Materials
Text / Printed Matter Door International
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.24 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
96.47 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.29 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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