Christianity in Bahrain

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Christians in Bahrain make up about 10% of the population. Bahrain has had a native Christian community for many centuries, with the first recorded presence dating back to the 12th century. Expatriate Christians make up the majority of Christians in Bahrain, while native Christian Bahrainis (who hold Bahraini citizenship) make up a much smaller community. Alees Samaan, the current Bahraini ambassador to the United Kingdom, is a native Christian.

Bahraini Christians[edit]

Native Christians who hold Bahraini citizenship number approximately 1,000 persons.[1][note 1] The majority of Christians are originally from Iraq, Palestine and Jordan and have lived in Bahrain for many centuries. There are also smaller numbers of native Christians from Lebanon, Syria, and India.

The majority of Christian Bahraini citizens tend to be Orthodox Christians, with the largest church by membership being the Greek Orthodox Church. They enjoy many equal religious and social freedom. Bahrain has Christian members in the Bahraini government. Bahrain is one of two GCC countries to have a native Christian population; the other country, Kuwait, also has Christian population but in smaller numbers, with only 200 Christian Kuwaiti citizens.

Expatriate Christians[edit]

Foreign citizens from all the world who live and work in Bahrain make up the majority of Christians in Bahrain. They include people from Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. They belong to various Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches.

Notable Bahraini Christians[edit]

Selected churches[edit]

  • St. Christopher's Cathedral - Anglican
  • Sacred Heart Church (Manama, Bahrain) - Catholic
  • The National Evangelical Church [1]
  • The Bahrain Malayalee Church of South India
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church - Indian Orthodox [2]
  • St. Peter's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
  • The Mar Thoma Church & St. Paul's Marthoma Church
  • Saar Fellowship [3]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Census shows only two religion categories: "Muslim" and "Other". Reasonably assuming majority of "Other" Bahraini citizens is Christian.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Census Results". Retrieved June 15, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Fahlbusch, Erwin, ed. (1999), "Bahrain", Encyclopedia of Christianity 1, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, pp. 181–182, ISBN 0802824137 

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