Jordan

World Watch Ranking: 39

How many Christians are there in Jordan? 

Christians in Jordan are a small minority; of the 10.3 million people living there, Open Doors estimates that there around 180,000 Christians.

What does persecution look like in Jordan?

Compared to Christians living in other Middle Eastern countries, most Christians in Jordan enjoy a relatively high level of religious freedom, but Christians from Muslim backgrounds in particular can encounter opposition. If a Christian from a Muslim background publicly declares their faith, this can lead to beatings, arrest or even death.

The state exerts pressure on all Christian communities, especially through monitoring. Unrecognized churches can face harassment by public authorities, particularly those that actively evangelize. Christians who actively share their faith, or help converts, can face hostility. 

The presence of Islamic extremists, including returning jihadists from Syria and Iraq, continues to pose a threat to the Christian community. 

Who is most vulnerable to persecution?

The level of persecution is generally the same all over Jordan, although social control is likely to be higher in rural areas. The south of the country is also known to be more conservatively Islamic.

What has changed compared to last year?

Despite dropping a place in the World Watch List, hostility toward Christians has marginally increased. There has been a rise in reported incidents of violence and less acceptance of public expressions of Christian faith, such as openly displaying Bible verses.

What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Jordan?

Open Doors works with local partners in Jordan to support Christians through training, relief aid and rehabilitation projects.

How can you pray for Jordan?

  • Pray that Christians from Muslim backgrounds will be equipped, encouraged and empowered to stand strong and flourish in their faith. 
  • Pray for opportunities to increasingly open for Christians to tell others about Jesus.
  • Pray that the Lord will continue to raise up new leaders to serve the Jordanian church.. 
a PRAYer for Jordan

Dear Lord Jesus, may all those who have experienced suffering because of their faith in You know the depths of Your love, and Your power at work in them. Provide them with fellowship to help them grow in their faith. Give wisdom to our brothers and sisters facing pressure from the authorities. May the powerful witness of Your people soften hearts towards You and Your church. Stifle the threat of extremism in the country and continue to build Your church in Jordan. Amen.


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Persecution Level

Very High


Persecution Type
  • Islamic oppression
  • Clan oppression
  • Dictatorial paranoia
  • Christian denominational protectionism
Population of Christians
180,000 (OD estimate)

Main Religion
Islam

Government
Constitutional Monarchy

Leader
King Abdullah II