Though there is evidence that the early Maldivians were Buddhists, their conversion to Islam dates from 1153. With few exceptions, the people are Sunni Muslims, and both land ownership and citizenship are limited to adherents to this faith. Non-Muslim foreigners working in or visiting the country are permitted to practice their own religion privately. There are no non-Muslim places of worship. Proselytizing for non-Muslim faiths is prohibited. The government's Department of Religious Affairs regulates matters pertaining to religion.