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Region Middle East
Leader Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah
Population 4 100 000
Christian 10%
Main Religion Islam
Government Constitutional Emirate
Rank 34
Score 61
Previous Rank 38
Previous Score 57

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

Kuwait is a small Islamic country with a struggling democracy. Extremism and an aggressive attitude towards the West have been growing. Since the Gulf War, Kuwait has become a more conservative Islamic society. It has a wide range of rules for personal, family and community life. The constitution provides for religious freedom if it doesn’t violate established customs, public policy or morals. It is not allowed to evangelise to Muslims. Christian publishing houses are not permitted and religious education for religions other than Islam is prohibited.

Islamists constitute a third of the Kuwait parliament. Laws have been introduced to restrict the construction of churches. Many churches exist in Kuwait, though they are mostly rented villas and apartments converted into churches. The authorities tightened restrictions on freedom of expression. More restrictive blasphemy legislation has also been introduced. A new cybercrime law was introduced to quash government opposition and online critics.

Open Doors raises prayer support for the believers and Church in Kuwait.

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