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  • Somalia: Islam is Official Religion, Conversion is Banned

    09/21/2006 12:16:45 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 20 replies · 4,336+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | Sep, 21, 2006
    Somalia is officially an Islamic state and conversion is prohibited. The country has a population of approximately 8.3 million, nearly all of them Sunni Muslims. There is a small, extremely low-profile Christian community. According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2006 issued by the US State Department last Friday, proselytizing for any religion except Islam is prohibited in Puntland and Somaliland and effectively blocked by informal social consensus elsewhere in the country. Somalia has had no government since the fall of Siad Barre in 1991. The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which grew out of individual courts' efforts to establish...