Protestantism in Turkey

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Protestants and also Anglicans comprise far less than one tenth of one percent of the population of Turkey.[1]

Violence against Christians[edit]

The constitution of Turkey recognizes freedom of religion for individuals. The Armenian Protestants own three Istanbul Churches from the 19th century.[2]

On November 4, 2006, a Protestant place of worship was attacked with six Molotov cocktails.[3] In 2007 three Protestants were killed at a Bible publishing house in Malatya, allegedly by the JİTEM.[4]

Turkish media have criticized Christian missionary activity intensely.[5] There is an Alliance of Protestant Churches in Turkey.[6]

Turkish converts[edit]

According to the newspaper, "Milliyet" reports 35,000 Muslim Turks convert into Christianity in 2008.[7] There is a small ethnic Turkish Protestant Christian community in Turkey include about 4,000-5,000[8] adherents, most of them came from Muslim Turkish background.[9][10][11][12] A 2015 study estimates some 4,500 Christians from a Muslim background in the country.[13]

Protestant denominations[edit]

See also[edit]


Source of the list: The World Christian Encyclopedia, Second edition, Volume 1, p. 756