Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar’s international image is bolstered in part by the Doha-based Al Jazirah news network, which has provided comprehensive coverage of the Near East and North African Arab revolutions. Furthermore Qatar has been awarded the 2022 World Cup which has led to a massive development program both in infrastructure and economy throughout the country.
The first Church in Qatar (since the 7th century) came into being on February 2008. Following from the Catholic Church, the Anglican, Greek Orthodox, and Coptic churches opened their doors. Christianity was brought to the Gulf States by missionaries in the second half of the 5th century but disappeared almost completely in the Gulf Arab states with the arrival of Islam in the 7th century.
The state religion is conservative Islam and nearly all Qatari citizens are Sunni or Shia Muslims. Christian worship is only allowed in designated religious complexes, of which there are only two at the moment, which makes them easier to control and monitor. Many expat laborers are denied access to these complexes as they live too far away or are prevented from attending by employers. A Muslim who converts is considered an apostate and may face the death penalty.
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