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8 – Iran


Region Middle East
Leader Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei
Population 80 946 000
Christian 0.9%
Main Religion Islam
Government Islamic Republic
Rank 8
Score 85
Previous Rank 9
Previous Score 83

In the Islamic Revolution of 1979 the Shah was removed and Iran was changed into an Islamic Republic. Persecution is strongest in the church and national spheres. Almost all churches that had services in Farsi were closed during the past five years and their leaders arrested. Converts from Islam experience persecution in all spheres of life. Converts are considered unclean especially in villages, rural areas, and in conservative cities in the north. Any Muslim who leaves Islam faces the death penalty.

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“Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”


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