Religion in Qatar

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Religion in Qatar (2010)[1][2]

  Islam (67.7%)
  Hinduism (13.8%)
  Christianity (13.8%)
  Buddhism (3.1%)
  Others (0.7%)
  Unaffiliated (0.9%)

Islam is the majority religion in Qatar. All Qataris adhere to Islam. Other religions represented in Qatar are practiced by immigrant communities. According to the 2004 census, 77.5% of the population are Muslim, 8.5% are Christian and 14% are "other" (mostly followers of Hinduism and other Indian religions). According to 2010 data collected by the Pew Forum 67.7% are Muslim, 13.8% are Hindu, 13.8% are Christian, 3.1% are Buddhist, 0.7% follow other religions and 0.9% are unaffiliated to any religion.


Main article: Islam in Qatar

Wahhabism is the state sponsored brand of Islam in Qatar. Most Qataris belong to the strict Wahhabi sect of Islam.[3][4][5] Qatar has a Ministry of Islamic Affairs.[6] Wahhabi/Salafi Islam is the state religion.[6] Islamic instruction is compulsory for Muslims in all state-sponsored schools.[6]


Main article: Christianity in Qatar

The Christian community in Qatar is a diverse mix of European, North and South American, Asian, Middle Eastern and African expatriates. They form around 13.8% of the total population (2010).[7] No foreign missionary groups operate openly in the country. In May 2005, the Qatari Government leased a piece of property on the outskirts of Doha to the representatives of Christian churches in the country for the construction of Church buildings.[8]

Hinduism and Buddhism[edit]

Immigrant workers from India and South-East Asia mostly practice Hindu and Buddhist religions.


  1. ^ Global Religious Landscape. Pew Forum.
  2. ^ "Population By Religion, Gender And Municipality March 2004". Qatar Statistics Authority. 
  3. ^ "Tiny Qatar's growing global clout". BBC. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Qatar's modern future rubs up against conservative traditions". Reuters. 27 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rising power Qatar stirs unease among some Mideast neighbors". Reuters. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Qatar". State. 2006-06-29. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  7. ^ Global Religious Landscape. Pew Forum.
  8. ^ "International Religious Freedom Report 2006". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 6 April 2014.

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