Islam in Kuwait
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Islam is the main religion of the citizens of Kuwait and the majority of Kuwait's citizen population is Muslim; there are no official figures, but it is estimated that 60-70% are Sunni and 30-40% are Shias.
In 2001, there were 525,000 Sunni Kuwaiti citizens, 300,000 Shia Kuwaiti citizens and 820,000 Kuwaiti citizens in total thus Sunnis formed 64% and Shias formed 36.5% of the Kuwaiti citizen population. In 2002, the US Department of State reported that Shia Kuwaitis formed 30%-40% of Kuwait's citizen population, noting there were 525,000 Sunni Kuwaiti citizens and 855,000 Kuwaiti citizens in total (61% Sunnis, 39% Shias). In 2004, there were 600,000 Sunni Kuwaitis citizens, 300,000-350,000 Shia Kuwaiti citizens and 913,000 Kuwaiti citizens in total. In 2008, the Strategic Studies Institute reported that 40% of Kuwaiti citizens were Shias.
The population of Kuwait is ethnically diverse, due to migration and large expatriate communities. Kuwaitis represent 45% of the total population. There are several groups of natives in Kuwait; the largest native groups are Arabs and Persians.
The large expatriate community accounts for between half and two-thirds of the population, with Kuwait government figures stating the higher proportion. It is composed of Arabs from other countries, Iranians, Pakistanis and Indians.
- List of mosques in Kuwait
- Grand Mosque (Kuwait)
- Religion in Kuwait
- Imam Hussein Mosque (Kuwait)
- Imam Baqir Mosque
- "International Religious Freedom Report". US State Department. 2002.
- "The Evolution of U. S.-Turkish Relations in a Transatlantic Context" (PDF). Strategic Studies Institute. p. 87.
Shiites comprise 60 percent of the population in Bahrain, 40 percent in Kuwait, 14 percent in Saudi Arabia, and 35 pefrcent in Lebanon.
- "International Religious Freedom Report". US State Department. 2001.
- "International Religious Freedom Report". US State Department. 2004.
- "Kuwait". CIA Factbook.
- "Two ethnicities, three generations: Phonological variation and change in Kuwait" (PDF). Newcastle University. 2010.
- "Kuwait and Iran". Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. 28 August 1989.
- "Population of Kuwait". Government of Kuwait. 30 June 2008.
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