Pew study finds fewer than 13 million Christians, out of 2.2 billion adherents worldwide, still in the region where faith was born
Christianity may have been founded in the Middle East but few Christians remain in the region, a study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life revealed.
According to Pew’s newly released December 2012 “Global Religious Landscape Study,” just 0.6 percent of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians now live in the Middle East and North Africa. Christians make up only 4% of the region’s inhabitants, drastically down from 20% a century ago and marking the smallest regional Christian minority in the world.
Fully 93% of the region is Muslim, and 1.6% is Jewish.
The study is based on an analysis of country-specific data from more than 2,500 national censuses, large-scale surveys and official population registers. It measures self-identification.
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