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Region Middle East
Leader Sultan & Prime Minister Qaboos bin Said Al-Said
Population 4 741 000
Christian 4.3%
Main Religion Islam
Government Monarchy
Rank 46
Score 57
Previous Rank 49
Previous Score 53

“John was astonished when he took the book and saw that it was a fragment of the Bible. It was tattered and had many pages missing…”

Like all countries on the Arabian Peninsula, Islam runs deep in the culture of the country. Most Omanis follow the conservative Ibadi sect of Islam. Oman is one of the few countries where Islam is the state religion, but conversion is not a crime. Yet there are other consequences, especially within families and private life. Foreign Christians can worship discreetly in private homes or work compounds. Christian meetings are closely monitored to record any political messages and the attendance of any locals.

Oman is surrounded by countries with severe persecution of Christians and networks of Islamic militant groups. One of the greatest threats is Yemen. If the problems in Yemen are not solved, it might have an impact on Oman, with radical militants crossing the border.

There are some churches throughout the country. There is also a church made from expatriates from other countries in the Peninsula. This freedom is rare in the Arabian Peninsula, with services even running in Arabic. Though Christians must be discreet, and the spiritual climate is dry, hard ground, there is opportunity for the Church to grow in this country.

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