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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

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Index / Religions / Freedom
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Religious freedom

Although a secular state, the president of Syria must be a Muslim.
Christians in Syria are largely treated as second-rate citizens, according to the Islamic dhimmi concept. Still, Christians have freedom to worship.
Missionary activity is technically legal, but each person active requires permission, and such permissions are not issued. Information is not clear, but it appears that apostasy is illegal, this regulation even protect the Druze community.
Christian, Jewish and Druze have their own legal systems in matters of personal status, such as birth, marriage and inheritance, whereas all other religious groups are subject to Sharia, Muslim law.

By Tore Kjeilen