Tajikistan - Religions



An estimated 95% of citizens consider themselves to be Muslims, but the degree of observance varies widely. About 3% of these are Ismailis, almost all residing in the remote Gorno-Badakhshan region. About 90% of the Muslim population is Sunni and about 4% are Shi'a. There are approximately 230,000 Christians, mostly ethnic Russians. The largest Christian group is Russian Orthodox; however, there are also Baptists, Roman Catholics, Seventh-Day Adventists, Korean Protestants, Lutherans, and Jehovah's Witnesses. Other religious minorities include Baha'is, Zoroastrians, Hare Krishnas, and Jews, each totaling less than 1% of the population.

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