Jordan has long been one of the Middle East’s more religiously open countries, but the tide is turning. Expatriate Christians and historical Christian communities are relatively free – as long as they do not evangelise Muslims. But Christians from Muslim backgrounds face serious oppression from local authorities, Muslim religious leaders and their own families. The large number of Muslim refugees that have come to Jordan from Syria and Iraq, combined with the rise of radical Islam, is also putting increasing pressure on Christians.

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