The Sunni Arab minority dominates other ethnic groups. All claim higher statistics for their own group for political advantage.
Shi’a Arab (in South) 11 million
Sunni Arab (in Centre) 5 million
Madan (Marsh Arabs) 50,000.
Sorani 2.24 million
Kurmanji 1.7 million
Central Kurds 527,000
Christian minorities 2.5%
Official languages Arabic; Kurdish in the KAR
During the reign of Saddam Hussein Pan-Arab socialism rather than Islam was the ideology. Religious minorities were allowed if they demonstrated political loyalty.
In recent years other faiths, including Christianity have had increasing freedom for worship and witness but still suffer from discrimination. Iran is listed as the 38th nation on the “religious persecution index.”
Religion type: % of population Approx number
Muslim 96.85 22,386.765
Christian 1.55 358,281
Other 1.10 254,264
Non-Religious 0.50 115,574
- Pray for Christians still living in Iraq, for a restoration of their biblical heritage, for “Bible Clubs” that meet to study Scripture
- Pray for leadership for the church in Iraq
- Pray for the unreached people living in Iraq
- Pray for Christian ministries working inside Iraq
Area: 438,317 square kilometers
Fertile plains of the Tigris and Euphrates, high mountains to the north and Syrian desert in southwest…site of the ancient Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian empires.
Baghdad – capital 4,850,000
Irbil (Kurdish Autonomous Region – KAR) 800,000
Oil-based economy – since Genesis 11! In the past most of the profits have been used to industrialize and build a powerful army. War with Iran halted economic development. The Gulf War and subsequent decade of United Nations sanctions have devastated the economy and impoverished the ordinary people.