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1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Media
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. History
12. Cities and Towns

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Index / Religions / Freedom
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Religious freedom

The Constitution states that Islam is the official religion of Bahrain, still it secures basic freedom of religion.
There is discrimination against Shi'i Muslims; they form the majority of the country with 60%, while the royal family and elite are Sunnis, and part of only 24% of the population. The central Shi'i festival of Ashura was attempted curtailed by the government in the 1980's and 1990's, but today it considered a national event.
Other religions have legal rights to worship privately, and without interference from the government.

By Tore Kjeilen