Country Studies

The Library of Congress Country Studies include extensive information about all Middle Eastern countries, including historical overviews as well as information about government structure, economics, and demographics.

Specific countries can’t be bookmarked, so follow the link above and select the country of interest.

Essential Reading: State Building and Regime Security in Jordan

A list of must-read books, articles, and new media sources on state building and regime security in Jordan.  Posted on

Jordan Fact and Figures

Jordan facts and figures from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Jordan Fact Sheet

A quick fact sheet providing clear information about Jordan.

Jordan in Perspective

This resource from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offers a country profile section containing basic facts about the target country, followed by selected themes organized under the major headings of Geography, History, Economy, Society and Security.

Arab Uprisings: Jordan, Forever on the Brink

This post previews a new POMEPS Briefing, “Jordan, Forever on the Brink,” which collects 20 articles from the last three years explaining the nature of the kingdom’s political crisis, the shortcomings of its attempted reforms, and the current political state of play.

Jordanian Cultural Orientation

Cultural Orientations from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offer an engaging introduction to a given cultural group. Linguists and non-linguists alike will benefit from these interactive materials and pertinent language exchanges that are coupled with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.

Jordanian Flag

Details about the Jordanian flag.

Jadaliyya: Jordan (text)

A collection of articles about Jordan posted on Jadaliyya

Jordan News (text)

Current news about Iran from the New York Times.

Petra, Splendor of the Nabataean Civilization (images)

This slideshow takes you through the beauty of Petra ruins.

Virtual Tour of Zaatari Refugee Camp (multimedia)

Take a virtual tour of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

Wadi Rum, The Valley of the Moon (images)

This slideshow take you through the Valley of the Moon.

Syrian Refugees in Jordan

This lesson plan encourages students to not only understand the situation of being a refugee in Jordan but also the challenges of responding to the huge influx of refugees.

This lesson plan is presented as a part of Teaching about Refugees

Urban Refugees: Jordan as a Case Study

This lesson plan helps define what is an urban refugee and the challenges of providing assistance to them given that they are spread out in large areas. It also helps detail some of the impact on the local communities. The unit is centered around two reports on urban refugees in Jordan and then has supplemental material around specific issues faced by urban refugees, governments, local communities, and the humanitarian aid community.

This lesson plan is presented as a part of Teaching about Refugees