|Last year’s rank||44|
|Population||5 270 000|
|Christians||190 000 (3.6%)|
Similar to other countries on the Arabian Peninsula, the experience of Christians in Oman may vary depending on their status and nationality. Omani nationals who convert from Islam to Christianity encounter the highest levels of pressure from both their families and their surrounding society. Omani believers may be kicked out of their family homes and lose their jobs. They can lose custody of their children and be stripped of their inheritance.
Foreign Muslims (mostly migrant workers) who convert to Christianity usually experience the same pressure they would in their home countries – so for some converts, it can mean immense persecution, while others experience relative freedom. Meanwhile, expatriate Christian communities are mostly tolerated, but church facilities are restricted, and Christian meetings are monitored to record any political statements – and to see if any Omani nationals are attending. All religious organisations must be registered with the authorities.
What changed this year? Christians, especially converts from Islam to Christianity, came under higher pressure after the Omani government intensified its monitoring of Christians and their activities. Additionally, violence rose in Oman as several Christians were forced to leave the country. Life for any Muslim convert in Oman is likely to be extremely difficult.
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What does Open Doors do to help Christians on the Arabian Peninsula?
Open Doors supports the Body of Christ around the Arabian Peninsula through prayer, the distribution of biblical resources and the training of believers and pastors. To protect the people involved, we do not make detailed information on these programmes public.