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

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Index / Religions / Freedom
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Religious freedom

Iran has a strict politics about which religions are accepted. This involves safety, protection and representation for Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism. Ahl-e Haqq and Alevism are officially considerd part of Islam, Mandaeism part of Christianity. Baha'i are not recognized and subject to a heavy apartheid politics.
Missionary activities towards Muslims is illegal in Iran, still it is claimed that there are conversions into Christianity. There are reports of Christians being discriminated against in education, employment and property ownership.
It is suggested to reintroduce death penalty of apostasy, but the process for this is still underway. In the 1990's, two converts from Islam to Christianity were sentenced to death for apostasy, as well as other charges. There are several more cases of conversion from Islam to Christianity, but in recent years these have not been put to death, only imprisoned.
Conversion to Islam is most encouraged by the authorities. A convert to Islam can claim the whole inheritance of his or her parents if the siblings remain non-Muslim.

By Tore Kjeilen