Christianity in the United Arab Emirates

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

Christians account for 9 percent of the total population of the United Arab Emirates, according to a ministry report, which collected census data.[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]

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  1. ^ "United Arab Emirates: International Religious Freedom Report 2007". U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. 2007-09-14. 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. 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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