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Around 81% of the population consists of Ibadhi Muslims. Sunni Muslims of the Shafii rites constitute around 14% of the total. Imami Shias and the Zikri Shia Muslims form the remaining 5% of the population. While the Imami Shia are largely originate from Bahrain, Iran and the Ahsa province of Saudi Arabia, the Zikris are the Baluch from the Makran coast of Pakistan. Shi'a Muslims form a well-integrated community, concentrated in the capital area and along the northern coast.

The Government does not keep statistics on religious affiliation, but most citizens are either Ibadhi or Sunni Muslims. Ibadhism, a form of Islam distinct from Shi'ism and the "orthodox" schools of Sunnism, historically has been the country's dominant religious group, and the Sultan is a member of the Ibadhi community.

Non-Muslim religious communities individually constitute less than 5 percent of the population and include various groups of Hindus, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Baha'is, and Christians. Christian communities are centered in the major urban areas of Muscat, Sohar, and Salalah and include Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and various Protestant congregations. These groups tend to organize along linguistic and ethnic lines. More than fifty different Christian groups, fellowships, and assemblies are active in the Muscat metropolitan area. The majority of non-Muslims are noncitizen immigrant workers from South Asia, although there are small communities of ethnic Indian Hindus and Christians that have been naturalized.


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