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Middle East

Area 89K km²

Arable 2%

Population 7.9M (71/km²)

Gov’t Constitutional Monarchy

Capital Amman (1.2M)

GCP/capita $6,100

In poverty 14%

Wealth owned by top 10 percent 29%

Life expectancy 74 yrs

Infant Mortality 16/1K live births


Literacy 96%

Languages Arabic, English

Religions Muslim (predominately Sunni), Christian, other

Labor Force Agriculture 3%, 
industry 20%, services 77%

PCVs 1997–2002, 2004–present CURRENT: 0, TTD: 560; education, youth development

Adult Books

Married to a BedouinMarried to a Bedouin
Marguerite van Geldermalsen, 2008

Publisher: Virago UK
Format: Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1844082202 / ISBN-13: 978-1844082209

Synopsis: New Zealand born nurse Marguerite van Geldermalsen first visited the lost city Petra with a friend in 1978 on a sightseeing tour of the ancient world. Already looking forward to her beach holiday at the end of the trip, little did Maguerite know she was about to meet the man she would marry, the charismatic Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin craftsman of the Manajah tribe. A life with Mohammad meant moving into his ancient cave and learning to love the regular tasks of baking shrak bread on an open fire and collecting water from the spring. As Marguerite feels herself becoming part of the Bedouin community, she is thankful for the twist in fate that has led her to this contented life. Marguerite’s light-hearted observations of the people she comes to love are as heart-warming as they are valuable, charting Bedouin traditions now lost to the modern world.

Kids' Books

The Princess and the Foal
Stacy Gregg, 2014, AGES 10+

Publisher: Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, NY
Format 263 pp
ISBN 978-0-399-16887-1

Synopsis: Princess Haya loves her family more than anything—especially her mother, who brings light and happiness into King Hussein's house. So when Queen Alia is killed in a tragic accident, Princess Haya is devastated. Knowing how unhappy she is and how much she loves horses, Haya's father, King Hussein, gives her a special present: a foal of her very own. And this foal changes Princess Haya's world completely" –Provided by publisher.


Film: Cherkess
Director: Mohy Quandour, 2010
Languages: Arabic


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