Jordanian Arab in Syria

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Introduction / History

Arab culture is familiar to many. Though perhaps not with any detail, many know of the desert nomads and their culture, which was developed through centuries long past in the harsh Arabian sands. In the present, many Arab peoples lead their lives in perhaps a less romantic fashion than framed in story and legend. The Levant Arabs (a broad term that includes several groups of Arabs: the Jordanian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Chaldean, and Syrian Arabs), originally settled all over the Arabian Peninsula and later migrated to North Africa. Today, several hundred thousand Levant Arabs live along the northern edges of the Arabian Desert. They are spread from Israel to Kuwait, and many live in Syria, northern neighbor to Jordan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Levant Arabs typically live in villages located near fertile regions; but they can also be found near mountain foothills in less arid regions. Although they have settled in towns or villages, they have held on to their tribal affiliations.
To preserve their people, they are only allowed to marry those inside their own group. Levant Arab society is patrilineal, which means that inheritances are passed down through the males. In this system, boys inherit more than girls. Since children are considered a family's greatest asset, females are valued for their ability to bear children.
Central to some of the worst fighting the Middle East has seen in recent history, Syria is a nation wracked with strife. A civil war has been ongoing since 2011, not to mention the terror of ISIS. The damage on Syria's environment and infrastructure is extensive and will be felt by all who live there for many years.

Like members of religious groups all over the world, Jordanian Muslims equate “Christianity” with a worldwide political system.
What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary sect followed in Jordan is Sunni Islam, though there are some Christians among them. A tiny number are Evangelical.

What Are Their Needs?

There is a great need for the gospel to be preached among Jordanian Arabs in Syria. Evangelization efforts among them are challenging due to restrictions as well as general antagonism towards Christianity. The conflict in Syria has created a great challenge to any who would seek to enter. Prayerful intercession is the key to reaching them with the gospel.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord for opportunities to minister to both Jordanian and Syrian Arabs through relief and rebuilding efforts, and that the love of Christ would be made known to the suffering.
Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Jordanian Arabs in Syria.
Ask God to give Arab believers opportunities to share the love of Christ with Jordanian Arabs, and for hearts to soften, creating open doors for the gospel to be spread.
Ask the Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of these people toward Christ, and for movements to arise of Arabs in Syria coming to know Christ.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Jordanian in Syria.

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
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12368
ROP3 Code 104301
ROP25 Code 300405
ROP25 Name Arab, Jordanian
Country Syria
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Syria
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
97.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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