• Aug 29, 2008

    Jordan is a small country in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula. The area of Jordan is 89,213 km2; of which 88, 884 sq. km are land and 329 sq. km are water. Jordan is bordered by Syria in the north, Iraq in the north east, Saudi Arabia in the south and the West Bank and Israel in the west. It has a southern access to the Red Sea, Aqaba, which is its only sea port. Jordan is mainly a desert, with some mountain areas in the west and north-west. The majority of Jordan’s population of 5.92 million live in urban areas; mainly Amman, Zarqa, and Irbid. Amman the capital is located in the central west part of the country of Jordan and has gained its importance through history. The population of Jordan is growing at a rate of 2.3%, with life expectancy of 71.5 years. The official language of Jordan is Arabic, though many people speak English fluently.

  • Aug 29, 2011

    Man has known disasters since his existence on this planet. Religious books tell about news related to various disasters that previous nations had suffered from. The Qur’an, for example, tells of cases in which the disobedient nations who had rebelled against God’s orders and judgment suffered from his punishment in the form of disasters so they became an example for others. Nuh’s people had been punished by a great flood; God (subhanahu wa ta’la) says ((The people of Nuh belied before them, they declared Our bondman to be liar and said, ‘he is a madman and scolded him’. He therefore prayed to his Lord, saying ‘I am vanquished, do then take revenge for me. Then We opened the doors of heaven with forceful flowing water. And We made the earth flow with springs, so the two waters met to such a quantity, which was already decreed. And We bore Nuh on a thing of planks and nails. Floating before Our eyes, a recompense for him who was rejected. And We left it as a sign. Is there then any one who would pay attention? Therefore, how were My torment and My warnings? And verily, We have made Quran easy for remembering, is there then any one to remember?

  • Jun 18, 2014

    This report supports the operationalisation of a resilience-based development approach to dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis by exploring how stakeholders understand the current challenges and approach vulnerability and criteria that could inform the targeting and prioritisation of resilience-based development efforts. While the resilience-based approach is not limited to a particular context, the focus of the paper primarily on Lebanon and Jordan, which respectively host 38% and 23% of refugees in the sub-region.

  • May 29, 2010

    During its history, Jordan has seen numerous civilizations possessed political sovereignty and influence: Akkadian, Assyrian, Judean, Babylonian, and Persian empires. Jordan was for a time part of Pharaonic Egypt and also the Arab Nabataeans civilization which left rich archaeological remains at Petra. Cultures from the west also left their mark, such as the Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Turkish empires. Since the seventh century the area has been under Muslim and Arab cultures, with the exception of a brief period when the west of the area formed part of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem and a short time under British rule.

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