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The Largest Shiite Communities


Last updated 7 July 1999.



Top 15 Countries with Highest Proportion of
Shiites in the Population

NOTE: This list is not based on the proportion of Muslims which are Shiite, but on the proportion of Shiites in the total population.

Country Number of
Shiites
Percent
Shiite
Iran 61,000,000 93%
Oman 948,750 75
Bahrain 400,000 65
Azerbaijan 4,700,000 61
Iraq 11,000,000 55
Lebanon 1,370,000 40
Yemen 3,170,000 36
Kuwait 550,000 30
Pakistan 26,700,000 25
Syria 1,300,000 17
United Arab Emirates 400,000 16
Turkey 6,000,000 15
Afghanistan 3,560,000 15
Saudi Arabia 620,000 15
Tajikistan 300,000 5


Source: Adherents.com.

Top 10 Largest National Shiite Populations

Country Percent
Shiite
Number of
Shiites
Iran 93% 61,000,000
Pakistan 25 26,700,000
India 2.7 26,000,000
Iraq 55 11,000,000
Turkey 15 6,000,000
Azerbaijan 61 4,700,000
Afghanistan 15 3,560,000
Yemen 36 3,170,000
Lebanon 40 1,370,000
Syria 17 1,300,000

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