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Sherpas Nepal 45,000 - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 685. "The current Sherpa population is estimated to be around 45,000. "; Pg. 686: "The Sherpas belong to the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. " [NOTE: This statistic is of a cultural group, as Sherpas are not a distinct religion.]
Shiite Afghanistan - 25.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Shiite Afghanistan 4,340,000 20.00% - - 1993 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 15. "Location: Afghanistan; Population: 21.7 million (1993 estimate); Religion: Islam (Sunni, 80-90%; Shi'ah, 10-20%) "
Shiite Afghanistan 4,000,000 20.00% - - 1994 Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn. Islamic Society in Practice; Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida (1994); pg. 21. Map: "Shi'ite population in the Middle East. Copyright by Diederik Vanderwalle. "
Shiite Afghanistan 2,000,000 - - - 1994 Halm, Heinz. Shi'a Islam: From Religion to Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers (1997). Translated from German by Allison Brown. (German version pub. 1994 in Munich by Verlag C.H. Beck); pg. ix. "The Mongolian Hezara in the central mountains of Afghanistan are Shi'i Muslims (approx. 2 million)... "
Shiite Afghanistan 3,400,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Shiite Afghanistan 3,560,713 15.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Religions: Sunni Muslim 84%, Shi'a Muslim 15%, other 1%; Total Population: 23,738,085 (July 1997 est.)
Shiite Afghanistan 1,920,000 12.00% - - 1997 Russell, Malcom B. The Middle East and South Asia 1997 (The World Today Series). Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Stryker-Post Publications (1997); pg. 34. Estimates of % of population in principal religions, & est. 1997 total pop.
Shiite Afghanistan 3,718,856 15.00% - - 1998 *LINK* CIA World Factbook 1998 (viewed June 24, 1999) Religions: Sunni Muslim 84%, Shi'a Muslim 15%, other 1%; Total Population: 24,792,375 (July 1998 est.)
Shiite Afghanistan - 20.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 16-17. "Afghanistan is one of the most solidly Muslim countries in the world. The overwhelming majority follow the mainstream branch of Islam, the Sunni tradition. About 10-20% of Afghanis are Shi'ah Muslims, of both the Imami and Ismaili sects. "
Shiite Arabia 1,000,000 - - - 1994 Halm, Heinz. Shi'a Islam: From Religion to Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers (1997). Translated from German by Allison Brown. (German version pub. 1994 in Munich by Verlag C.H. Beck); pg. ix. "There are also Shi'ites in the Arabic states of the Persian Gulf, in Saudi Arabia and the smaller gulf nations (approx. 1 million combined). "
Shiite Asia - South 23,000,000 - - - 1994 Halm, Heinz. Shi'a Islam: From Religion to Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers (1997). Translated from German by Allison Brown. (German version pub. 1994 in Munich by Verlag C.H. Beck); pg. ix-x. "...on the Indian subcontinent, there are larger islands of predominantly Shi'i populations in the Pakistani Punjab (approx. 5.5 million); other Shi'i populations exist in India, around Avadh (Oudh) north of the Ganges and around Hyderabad in the central Deccan peninsula, as well as the Kashmir region disputed by India and Pakistan (together approx. 23 million). "
Shiite Azerbaijan - 60.90% - - 1991 Roberts, Elizabeth. Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Brookfield, Connecticut: The Millbrook Press (2nd printing 1993; 1st printing 1992); pg. 13. "Today 70 percent of Azeri Muslims are Shi'ite, and 30 percent are Sunnis. "; [Other sources indicate about 87% of the population of Azerbaijan was 87% at this time.]
Shiite Azerbaijan 5,000,000 75.00% - - 1994 Halm, Heinz. Shi'a Islam: From Religion to Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers (1997). Translated from German by Allison Brown. (German version pub. 1994 in Munich by Verlag C.H. Beck); pg. ix. "More than five million Azeris in the now independent, former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan (three-quarters of the population) and twelve million Azeris in the Azerbaijan province in northern Iran are Shi'ites. "
Shiite Azerbaijan 4,679,556 60.90% - - 1994 *LINK* Library of Congress Country Studies Mid-1994 estimate [total pop.] 7,684,456. In 1989 Muslim 87 percent (about 70 percent of which Shia), Russian Orthodox 5.6 percent, and Armenian Apostolic 5.6 percent (much less in early 1990s).
Shiite Bahrain 362,600 70.00% - - 1992 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 67-68. "Location: Bahrainis; Population: 518,000 (1992 estimate) "; "At least 94% of the Bahraini population is Muslim. About 70% are Shi'ite, and 24% Sunni. "
Shiite Bahrain - 51.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Shiite Bahrain 327,250 59.50% - - 1992 *LINK* Library of Congress Country Studies About 550,000 [total pop.] in early 1992. Population 85 percent Muslim, including about 70 percent Shia and 30 percent Sunni. Non-Muslim foreigners include 7.3 percent Christians and 7.7 percent Hindus and others.
Shiite Bahrain 140,000 55.00% - - 1994 Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn. Islamic Society in Practice; Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida (1994); pg. 21. Map: "Shi'ite population in the Middle East. Copyright by Diederik Vanderwalle. "
Shiite Bahrain 340,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Shiite Bahrain 452,488 75.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Shi'a Muslim 75%, Sunni Muslim 25%; Total Population: 603,318 (July 1997 est.) note: includes 221,182 non-nationals (July 1997 est.)
Shiite Bahrain 330,000 60.00% - - 1997 Russell, Malcom B. The Middle East and South Asia 1997 (The World Today Series). Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Stryker-Post Publications (1997); pg. 42. Estimates of % of population in principal religions, & est. 1997 total pop.; "Population: 550,000, including 150,000 expatriates... Principal Religion: Islam, about 60% Shi'a and 40% Sunni "
Shiite Bahrain - 70.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Bahrain Human Rights Organization web page RELIGIONS: Muslim (Shi`a 70%, Sunni 30%).
Shiite Bahrain 462,256 75.00% - - 1998 *LINK* CIA World Factbook 1998 (viewed June 24, 1999) "Population: 616,342 (July 1998 est.); note: includes 224,640 non-nationals (July 1998 est.)... Shi'a Muslim 75%, Sunni Muslim 25% "
Shiite Germany 120,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Religionswissenschaftlicher Medien- und Informationsdienst e.V. " [REMID: Religious Studies Media and Information Service, Marburg, Germany]; web page: "Informationen und Standpunkte " (viewed 2 Aug. 1999). Table: "Religious communities in Germany: Numbers of members " [data published July, 1999]; Listed as "Schiiten " in table. Source: Spuler-Stegemann.; Listed in 'Islam' section.
Shiite India 26,000,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Shiite Iran 38,257,200 90.00% - - 1983 Tarr, David R. & Bryan R. Daves (editors). The Middle East (6th Ed.); Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. (1986); pg. 188-190. "Population: 42,508,000. Religion: 98% Moslem, with a great majority members of the Shi'ite sect; 5% of Sunni sect... "; "Shi'ite Moslems (90% of Iran's population) "
Shiite Iran 43,362,900 90.00% - - 1986 *LINK* Library of Congress Country Studies 48,181,463 [total pop.] (1986). Shia Islam official religion with at least 90 percent adherence. Also approximately 8 percent Sunni Muslims and smaller numbers of Bahais, Armenian and Assyrian Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians.
Shiite Iran - 91.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Shiite Iran 33,000,000 94.00% - - 1994 Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn. Islamic Society in Practice; Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida (1994); pg. 21. Map: "Shi'ite population in the Middle East. Copyright by Diederik Vanderwalle. "
Shiite Iran 53,000,000 91.00% - - 1994 Halm, Heinz. Shi'a Islam: From Religion to Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers (1997). Translated from German by Allison Brown. (German version pub. 1994 in Munich by Verlag C.H. Beck); pg. ix. "The Islamic country with the largest proportion of Shi'ites is Iran, where they comprise 91% of the total population (approx. 53 million). "
Shiite Iran - 87.00% - - 1994 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: November, 1994 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Total Population: 56,585,000. MUSLIM: 99%: Shi'ite branch, 87%; Sunni branch 12%. BAHA'I: 0.5%. 300,000. JEWS: 0.1%. ZOROASTRIAN: O.04%. CHRISTIAN: 0.4%
Shiite Iran 58,220,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Shiite Iran 62,791,540 98.00% - - 1996 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 305, 308. "Location: Iran; Population: 64,073,000 (1996 estimate) "; Pg. 308: "The overwhelming majority of Iranians (about 98%) are Shi'ah Muslims, and Shi'ah Islam is the state religion. "
Shiite Iran 60,110,600 89.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Shi'a Muslim 89%, Sunni Muslim 10%, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i 1%; Total population: 67,540,002 (July 1997 est.) note: includes 917,078 non-nationals (July 1997 est.).
Shiite Iran 59,520,000 93.00% - - 1997 Russell, Malcom B. The Middle East and South Asia 1997 (The World Today Series). Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Stryker-Post Publications (1997); pg. 92. Estimates of % of population in principal religions, & est. 1997 total pop.
Shiite Iran 61,473,000 93.00% - - 1999 Lyle, Garry. Iran (series: Major World Nations), Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999); pg. 9. "Population: 66,100,000... Religions: Shiite Muslims (93%); Sunni Muslim (5%); other, including Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, and Baha'is (2%). "
Shiite Iran: Azerbaijan 12,000,000 - - - 1994 Halm, Heinz. Shi'a Islam: From Religion to Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers (1997). Translated from German by Allison Brown. (German version pub. 1994 in Munich by Verlag C.H. Beck); pg. ix. "More than five million Azeris in the now independent, former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan (three-quarters of the population) and twelve million Azeris in the Azerbaijan province in northern Iran are Shi'ites. "
Shiite Iran: Kurdistan - 24.50% - - 1993 Chaliand, Gerard (ed). A People Without a Country: The Kurds and Kurdistan. New York: Olive Branch Press (1993 - revised first American edition); pg. 97. "The population of Iranian Kurdistan is 98% Muslim... Most of the Muslims are Sunnis (75%); the Shiites are mainly concentrated in Kermanshah and Luristan. "
Shiite Iraq - 59.52% - - 1982 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, edited by David B. Barrett, and published by Oxford Press, Oxford, New York, 1982); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Islam was established in Iraq in the 7th century. Shias form a majority of the population (62% of the 96% who are Muslims), but the influence exercised by Sunnis of both the Hanafite and Shafiite rites is preponderant.
Shiite Iraq 8,063,000 55.00% - - 1983 Tarr, David R. & Bryan R. Daves (editors). The Middle East (6th Ed.); Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. (1986); pg. 196. "Population: 14,660,000. Religion: 96% Moslem, 4% other. "; "Shi'ite Moslems, who comprise probably 55% of Iraq's population, predominate in the south... "
Shiite Iraq 9,766,800 60.00% - - 1987 *LINK* Library of Congress Country Studies 16,278,000 [total pop.] (1987). 95+% Muslim. Govrnmt. gives number of Shias as 55% but prob. 60 to 65% is reasonable. Most Iraqi Shias are Arabs. Almost all Kurds, approx. 19% of pop., are Sunnis, together with about 13% Sunni Arabs. Total Arab pop.= 76%.
Shiite Iraq 9,955,000 55.00% - - 1990 Bratvold, Gretchen (ed). Iraq ...in Pictures (Visual Geography Series). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lerner Publications Co. (1990); pg. 40, 44. "Iraq's population of 18.1 million people... "; "Most Iraqis are Muslims, but they are split into two rival sects of the Islamic religion. 55% are Arab Shiites... "
Shiite Iraq 8,601,813 48.45% - - 1991 Foster, Leila Merrell. Iraq (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (1992); pg. 115. "Religion: Muslims make up about 95% of the population. While more than 50% of Muslims are Shiites, the leaders of the party in power since 1968 are mostly Sunnis... Population: Approximately 17,754,000 (mid-1991 estimate)... "
Shiite Iraq - 54.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Shiite Iraq 9,350,000 - - - 1993 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: 8/6/93 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) "PRAY FOR A STRONG CHURCH AMONG THE 9,350,000 SHI'ITE MUSLIMS "
Shiite Iraq 8,000,000 60.00% - - 1994 Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn. Islamic Society in Practice; Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida (1994); pg. 21. Map: "Shi'ite population in the Middle East. Copyright by Diederik Vanderwalle. "
Shiite Iraq 13,390,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Shiite Iraq - 50.00% - - 1996 Occhiogrosso, Peter. The Joy of Sects: A Spirited Guide to the World's Religious Traditions. New York: Doubleday (1996); pg. 432. "Although relegated to the southern part of Iraq... Shiites constitute roughly half of the population of Iraq. "
Shiite Iraq 14,442,538 65.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%; Total population: 22,219,289.
Shiite Iraq 11,000,000 55.00% - - 1997 Russell, Malcom B. The Middle East and South Asia 1997 (The World Today Series). Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Stryker-Post Publications (1997); pg. 104. Estimates of % of population in principal religions, & est. 1997 total pop.
Shiite Iraq 10,494,900 54.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 312, 314. "Location: Iraq; Population: 19,435,000 "; Pg. 314: "The majority of Iraqis, about 95%, are Muslim. Of these, 54% are Shi'ite and 41% are Sunni. "
Shiite Jordan 2,000 0.07% - - 1987 *LINK* Library of Congress Country Studies 2.9 million [total pop.] (1987). Mostly Sunni Muslim; about 2,000 Shia Muslims. Christians (Eastern Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholics, Roman Catholics, a few Protestants) are 5 to 8 % of population. Also: small groups, such as Druzes, Bahais.
Shiite Kuwait 500,100 30.00% - - 1983 Tarr, David R. & Bryan R. Daves (editors). The Middle East (6th Ed.); Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. (1986); pg. 219. "Population: 1,667,000. Religion: Nearly all Moslems; majority Sunni with about 30% Shi'ite. "
Shiite Kuwait - 27.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Shiite Kuwait 235,000 20.00% - - 1992 *LINK* Library of Congress Country Studies 1992 estimate 1,175,000 [total pop.]. Most Kuwaitis are Sunni Muslims. About 20 percent of citizens are Shia Muslims. Most foreigners are also Muslims, the majority Sunni.
Shiite Kuwait 230,000 23.00% - - 1994 Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn. Islamic Society in Practice; Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida (1994); pg. 21. Map: "Shi'ite population in the Middle East. Copyright by Diederik Vanderwalle. "
Shiite Kuwait 620,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Shiite Kuwait 550,281 30.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Muslim 85% (Shi'a 30%, Sunni 45%, other 10%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%; Total population: 1,834,269 (July 1997 est.) note: includes 1,381,063 non-nationals (July 1997 est.)
Shiite Lebanon 198,000 18.00% - - 1932 Tarr, David R. & Bryan R. Daves (editors). The Middle East (6th Ed.); Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. (1986); pg. 168. Table: "Estimated Demographic Change in Lebanon, 1932 - 1980 "; "Based on population of 1.1 million. "
Shiite Lebanon 1,400,000 40.00% - - 1974 Wright, Robin. Sacred Rage: The Crusade of Modern Islam. New York: Linden Press/Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 57. "1974... The Shia had, by then, grown from Lebanon's third-largest to the largest population group--almost 40% of the estimated 3.5 million population. "
Shiite Lebanon 780,000 30.00% - - 1980 Tarr, David R. & Bryan R. Daves (editors). The Middle East (6th Ed.); Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. (1986); pg. 168. Table: "Estimated Demographic Change in Lebanon, 1932 - 1980 "; "Based on population of 2.6 million, not including 350,000 Palestinians. "
Shiite Lebanon 850,000 - - - 1993 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: 8/13/93 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) "PRAY FOR A STRONG CHURCH AMONG THE 850,000 SHI'ITE MUSLIMS OF LEBANON "
Shiite Lebanon 800,000 55.00% - - 1994 Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn. Islamic Society in Practice; Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida (1994); pg. 21. Map: "Shi'ite population in the Middle East. Copyright by Diederik Vanderwalle. "
Shiite Lebanon 1,000,000 - - - 1994 Halm, Heinz. Shi'a Islam: From Religion to Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers (1997). Translated from German by Allison Brown. (German version pub. 1994 in Munich by Verlag C.H. Beck); pg. ix. "Shi'i communities in South Lebanon and in the Lebanese Beqa'a valley were founded as early as the tenth century. Today they are the largest religious group in terms of numbers in the country (more than one million.). "


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