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Jordan has played an integral role in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic history. Islam has been a powerful force in Jordanian politics and society since the arrival of the...

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The topic of fair, transparent governance is receiving increased attention from faith communities engaged in development work. Ethical issues are woven through the...

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Islamic Action Front

The Islamic Action Front (IAF) is Jordan’s main Islamist political party, founded in 1992 as the political arm of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood. After the Hashemite Monarchy initiated elections for the lower house of parliament in 1989, the IAF achieved significant electoral success. Like other Islamist groups in Jordan, it has emphasized reform, moderation, and participation in democratic processes. However, its electoral success spurred the Jordanian Kingdom to alter electoral laws, and legislative initiatives now spring from the monarchy, while parliament often acts as a rubber stamp debating forum. The IAF’s primary goals are to implement Islamic law, conceived as compatible with democracy, and to abrogate the peace treaty with Israel. It draws support mainly from the urban poor and the large Palestinian population within Jordan, who benefit from the Brotherhood's charitable programs. In 2010 after internal ideological struggles the IAF pledged to boycott the November elections.