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Qatar

Qatar

Qatar

RESTRICTED

Capital
Doha

Size
Slightly smaller than Connecticut.

Main Languages
Arabic

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Qatar.

History
Qatar became an independent country in 1971. The emir who ruled the country after that wasted his nation’s money. (An emir is a ruler in some Muslim countries.) The emir’s son, Hamad, took control away from his father in 1995. Now Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world, earning its money from selling oil. Hamad also helped start Al-Jazeera, an Arabic TV network. Hamid transferred power to his son, Tamim, in 2013.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Islam is the official religion. Most of the people who follow other religions are workers who come from other countries to earn money in Qatar.

Muslims may not legally become Christians. Anyone who tries to lead a Muslim to Christ can go to prison. People who own CDs, DVDs, or written materials that support or help missionary activities can be imprisoned for up to two years.


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