Religion in Jordan
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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a majority Muslim country, with 90% of the population following Sunni Islam while a small minority of around 2% follow Sufism. Jordan also has an indigenous Christian minority, making up around 10% of the population, mainly Catholic, Church of the East, Oriental Orthodox or Greek Orthodox. There are no legal restrictions on Jews, but in 2006 there were reported to be no Jewish citizens. There are small Druze and Baha'i communities.
The percentages vary slightly in different cities and regions, for instance the south of Jordan and cities like Zarqa have the highest percentage of Muslims, while Amman, Irbid, Madaba, Salt, and Karak have larger Christian communities than the national average, and the towns of Fuheis, Al Husn and Ajloun have either majority Christian or much greater than national average. As well as several villages have mixed Christian/Muslim populations, like Kufranja and Raimoun in the north.
Christians made up 30% of the Jordanian population in 1950. However, Jordanian Christians emigration to Europe, Canada and the United States has significantly decreased the Christian percentage of the country's population.
Anglicans/Episcopalians in Jordan are under the oversight of the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem. The Church of the Redeemer is the largest congregation by membership of any church in the entire Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Other Episcopal churches are in Ashrafiyya, Salt, Zarqa, Marka refugee camp, Irbid, Al Husn and Aqaba.
In general, Muslims and Christians live together with no major problems regarding differences and discrimination. There has also been some recent controversy regarding the difficulties that ethnic Assyrian Christians, fleeing from persecution in Iraq, have faced in attempting to gain citizenship or refugee status in Jordan.
The state religion is Islam, but the Constitution provides for the freedom to practice one's religion in accordance with the customs that are observed in the Kingdom, unless they violate public order or morality.
However, some issues, such as religious conversion, are controversial. While conversion to Islam is relatively free of legal complications, those wishing to leave Islam risk the loss of civil rights, and face immense societal pressure.
In June 2006, the government published the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the Official Gazette. Article 18 of the Covenant provides for freedom of religion.
- US Department of State (2006), International Religious Freedom Report 2006. 
- "The People of Jordan".
- Fleishman, Jeffrey (2009-05-10). "For Christian enclave in Jordan, tribal lands are sacred". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
- Demographics of Jordan
- Islam in Jordan
- Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center
- Freedom of religion in Jordan
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