Iran
Islamic Republic of Iran
June 27-29
Asia
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Answers to Prayer

1 The Islamic Revolution promised so much but has delivered little

2 There may have been only 500 Muslim-background believers (MBBs) in 1979, but that number has multiplied in 20 years

3 For the first time in history evangelical MBBs outnumber those from the minority Christian communities

Challenges for Prayer

1 The Islamic revolution has lost its glitter

2 Iranians battle daily to survive in economic recession, political tyranny and, above all, the demonic system underlying it all

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Geography


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Area 1,648,196 sq.km. Situated between the Caspian Sea in north and Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf in south.

Population (2000) 67,702,199 +1.67%AGR

Capital Tehran 11 mill.

Peoples

Indo-Iranian 71.8%; Turkic 22%; Semitic 3%; Christian minorities 0.2%; Other 3%.

Literacy 72%. Official language Persian (Farsi; Dari and Tajik are major dialects); spoken by 83% of Iranians. All languages 69. Languages with Scriptures 3Bi 2NT 4por 12w.i.p.

Economy

Oil provided 75% of export earnings in 1995 and carpets, 11%. HDI 0.715; 95th/174. Public debt 7.6% of GNP. Income/person $1,000 (5.6% of USA, in 1982 it was 18%).

Politics

The Shah was deposed in the Shi’ite Muslim Revolution, and a theocratic Islamic Republic declared in 1979.

Religion

Shi’a Islam is the state religion and 93% of Iranians follow this.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Muslim 99.02 67,038,717 +1.7%
Baha'i 0.52 352,051 +0.2%
Christian 0.33 220,000 -0.6%
Other 0.10 67,702 +1.7%
Jewish 0.03 25,000 -4.0%
Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 9 0.01 7 +3.9%
Independent 1 0.01 8 +1.4%
Anglican 1 0.00 1 +0.0%
Catholic 1 0.01 7 -7.3%
Orthodox 4 0.18 121 -4.3%
Marginal 3 0.00 0 +5.1%
Unaffiliated   0.12 75 n.a.

Churches in Iran


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