Christianity in the United Arab Emirates


Christianity in the United Arab Emirates
Chart showing the distribution of Islam, Christianity and other religions in the United Arab Emirates

According to a ministry report, which collected census data, 76 percent of the total population of the United Arab Emirates is Muslim, 9 percent is Christian, and 15 percent is "other." [1][2] There is no official recognition of Christian denominations. [3] However, Christians are free to worship and wear religious clothing, if applicable. The importation and sale of religious material is allowed, however, attempts to spread Christianity among Muslims are not permitted. The country has Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox churches along with Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. [4] The schools in public ownership have no Christian religious education. [5] Christian men are not allowed to marry Muslim women. [6] Conversion from Islam to Christianity is not permitted. [7]

References

  1. ^ "United Arab Emirates: International Religious Freedom Report 2007". U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. 2007-09-14. http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2007/90223.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  2. ^ "United Arab Emirates: International Religious Freedom Report 2006". U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. 2006-09-15. http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2006/71434.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ http://www.portesouvertes.fr/fr/maps/moyen-orient/emirats_arabes_unis.php
  4. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/gulf/uae-religion.htm
  5. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/gulf/uae-religion.htm
  6. ^ http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2009/127360.htm
  7. ^ http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2009/127360.htm

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