The Kingdom of Jordan is a small country with few natural resources. However, it is significant due to its strategic location at the crossroads of the Holy Land, so called by Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Amman is the largest city and capital of Jordan, and the country has an estimated population of 9.8 million. The official language is Arabic, and Sunni Islam is the the main religion.
The kingdom emerged out of the post-World War I division of the Middle East by Britain and France. Political power in the country rests with the King, currently Abdullah II after the death of father, King Hussein, in 1999.
Unlike its neighbouring Arab states, Jordan does not have oil of its own, with its resources limited to phosphates and agricultural produce. The economy depends largely on services, tourism and foreign aid.
PCI has a connection with Jordan through the work of Colin and Marjorie Dickson, who serve at JETS (Theological Seminary) in their Academic Department – Colin as Academic Coordinator and Lecturer in Practical Theology, and Marjorie as Academic Department Assistant: Librarian.