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Culture of Jordan

Jordanian culture combines elements of the past and the future, the Islamic heritage and modern culture; it embraces Eastern and accepts Western cultures. It is an extension of the surrounding Arab culture, even in its cuisine, but it has its own characteristic features. Its unique geography and history and the contributions of Palestinians enrich Jordan’s culture. This distinctiveness encouraged the country to work to revive its Jordanian identity – beginning in the 1960s and 1970s – in folk dancing and music, clothing, and other aspects of its cultural life. Each ethnic and religious group in Jordan – such as Circassians, Turkomans, Chechens, and Christians – still enjoys its own culture. Jordanians have learnt to accept each other and become more open-minded.

The majority of Jordanians are Sunni Muslims. About 3-4 percent of the kingdom’s population is Christian and about 2 percent Shiite Muslim. Arabic is the official language, and most young people speak English.

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