Middle East Religions


Middle East Religions' Statistics:*

    Sunni Shia Christians Jews Other**
  State Total No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Egypt 77.4 67.2 86.8 2.24 2.9 7.89 10.2 neg   0.07 0.1
Iran 74.9 8.09 10.8 64.94 86.7 0.77 1.03 34k 0.03 1.08 1.44
Turkey 71.6 57.35 80.1 14.1 19.6 0.08 0.01 18k 0.02 0.05 0.07
Iraq 30.7 9.92 32.3 19.4 63.2 0.71 2.3 neg   0.97 2.16
Yemen 23.6 13.3 56.36 10.27 43.51 neg   neg   0.03 0.07
Syria 21.9 15.98 73.0 3.29 14.7 2.04 9.3 neg   0.59 2.7
Saudi Arabia 28.7/17.3 9.0 52.0 4.33 25.0 -   -   3.97 23.0
Israel 7.3 1.17 16.1 -   0.39 5.3 5.49 75.21 0.11 1.5
Jordan 6.3 5.76 91.5 0.03 0.5 0.40 6.3 -   0.11 1.8
Lebanon 4.2 1.22 29.0 1.93 46.0 0.78 18.7 neg   0.26 6.3
Palestinian Territories 3.7 3.14 84.8 neg   0.29 7.84 neg   neg  
Oman 2.8/1.95 0.27 14.0 0.1 5.0 neg   neg   1.58 81.0
Kuwait 2.9/0.92 0.69 75.0 0.20 21.0 neg   -   0.04 4.0
UAE 4.6/0.76 0.29 39.0 0.08 10.5 neg   -   0.39 51.5
Bahrain 1.05/0.53 0.12 21.0 0.39 73.0 neg   neg   0.03 6.0
Qatar 0.97/0.32

0.11

36.0 0.06 18.0 -   -   0.15 46.0
Middle East Totals 343.28 193.61 56.4 121.36 35.4 13.32 3.91 5.76 1.7 9.47 2.76

*Population figures are in millions and are based on 2008-09 estimates. The number of adherents to a given religion are counted by cultural and not confessional material.
** "Others" include Muslim Wahhabis, Ibadis and Ahmadis, as well as the non-Muslim Baha'is, Druze, Zoroastrians, Yezidis, Animists/Zar-Bad and Hindus.
Pending a final peace settlement, all Jews who have settled in the West Bank and the Golan Heights--more than 650,000--and here counted under the figures for Israel per se.
Christians in Israel comprise the native Arab Christians (approx 90k) and the recent non-Jewish Russian immigrants (approx 300k).
Expatriate workers--often outnumbering the native populations of most of the GCC states, are not included in these figures. Here, two population figures are provided for each state to reflect this.
Totals may not be equal to the sum of their increments due to the rounding of the figures.

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Source: The Gulf/2000 Project at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University