Citizenship is an under-appreciated and over-assumed facet in the study of contemporary Jordanian politics. The purpose of this chapter is to provide the necessary understanding of citizenship as a concept both in the abstract and in context. Regarding the former, this includes a side-by-side outline of citizenship in its conventionally recognised Anglo-European form, along with its Arabic counterparts jinsiyyah and muwātanah. Concerning the latter, the chapter considers the textual pillars of Jordan’s citizenship regime, namely, the Constitution and Nationality Law, and some of their contemporary applications and implications. Under these two functions, the chapter encourages the reader to take citizenship, the foundation of political communities across the globe, seriously, and critically in political analyses.
KeywordsCitizenship Jordan Political community Hierarchies Inclusion Exclusion
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