Religion in the Gambia


Religion in the Gambia

Sunni Muslims constitute more than 90 percent of the population of The Gambia. [http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2007/90082.htm International Religious Freedom Report 2007: Benin] . United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (September 14, 2007). "This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain."] The vast majority are Malikite Sufis, of which the main orders represented are Tijaniyah, Qadiriyah, Muridiyah, and Ahmadiyya. Except for the Ahmadiyya, Sufi orders pray together at common mosques. A small percentage of Muslims, predominantly immigrants from South Asia, do not ascribe to any traditional Islamic school of thought.

An estimated 9 percent of the population is Christian, and less than 1 percent practice indigenous animist religious beliefs. The Christian community, situated mostly in the west and south of the country, is predominantly Roman Catholic; there are also several Protestant groups including Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and various small evangelical denominations. There is a small group of followers of the Baha'i Faith and a small community of Hindus among South Asian immigrants.

Intermarriage between Muslims and Christians is common. In some areas, Islam and Christianity are syncretized with animism. There are few atheists in the country.

Foreign missionary groups operate in the country.

ee also

*Islam in the Gambia

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Gambia — Gambia redirects here. For the river, see Gambia River. Republic of The Gambia …   Wikipedia

  • Outline of the Gambia — The …   Wikipedia

  • Christianity in the Gambia — Saint Mary s Anglican Cathedral in Banjul Christians in The Gambia constitute approximately 8 percent ( 136,400) of the country s population (1,705,000[1] 2009 est.) The government did not establish a state religion[ …   Wikipedia

  • Demographics of the Gambia — This article is about the demographic features of the population of Gambia, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populous, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population. A wide… …   Wikipedia

  • Islam in the Gambia — Islam is the majority religion of The Gambia, with around 90% of the population being Muslims. However, some popular religions practices diverge from mainstream Islam, with a system of marabout societies being very common. There is no Shi ite… …   Wikipedia

  • LGBT rights in the Gambia — Laws against gay sexAccording to the criminal code from 1965, § 15, Offences against Morality Act, Article 144: homosexuality is an unnatural offence and is illegal.Spartacus International Gay Guide, page 1217. Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.]… …   Wikipedia

  • Gambia, The — officially Republic of the Gambia Country, western Africa. Constituting an enclave in Senegal, it lies along the Gambia River, stretching inland 295 mi (475 km) from the Atlantic Ocean. Area: 4,127 sq mi (10,689 sq km). Population (2002 est.):… …   Universalium

  • Gambia — Republic of The Gambia Republik Gambia …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gambia — Gạm|bia; s: Staat in Westafrika. * * * I Gạmbia,     Kurzinformation:   Fläche: 11 295 km2   Einwohner: (2000) 1,4 Mio …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Gambia — La República de Gambia es una nación en África occidental. Se encuentra rodeada en su totalidad por Senegal, excepto en donde el río Gambia desemboca en el Océano Atlántico. En 1965 Gambia logró su independencia del Imperio Británico. Su capital… …   Enciclopedia Universal


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.