Yemen lies south of Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea and Arabian Sea. 97% are Arab, and there are over 1700 clans and tribes. It is the poorest country in the Arab world. Oil-poor, dwindling water supplies, high unemployment and rapid population growth plague the country. 75% make their living through agriculture, especially from the drug qat. Once part of the Ottoman Empire, they have a turbulent history of wars and conquests. Islam is the official religion and the legal system is based on sharia’a law. Islam is very conservative in Yemen, and there is very little religious freedom. Only […]
United Arab Emirates is located on the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, and includes seven emirates, with Dubai being one of the most popular. The massive presence of expatriate workers makes it hard to determine statistics of the Arab population. Islam is the state religion but there are admirably high levels of religious freedom for an Arab state. However proselytism is still illegal. The majority are Muslim, then Hindu, and then about 8% are Christian. Increasing numbers of people are coming to Christ from other backgrounds – Arabs, South Asians, East Asians and others. Radical changes in the last […]
Turkmenistan is situated between Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and located on the Caspian Sea. It is mostly desert, and only 1% of the country is arable land. They are famous for their carpets, horses, camels and desert, but oil and gas are the major sources of wealth, and they are dependent on water from others. They have a nomadic tribal past and were united as a country under Russian Tsarist rule in 1881. There is freedom of religion in the constitution, but is limited in practice to Sunni Islam and Russian Orthodoxy. All other forms of Islam or other […]
Syria is an ancient civilization, located on the Mediterranean coast between Turkey and Iraq. Damascus is known as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Syria is written about throughout the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Its people trace their origins back to Noah, as descendants of Shem, Noah’s son. King David of Israel led a successful conquest against Syria and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites who occupied the land. In New Testament times, Syria became a Roman province. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.