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Christianity in South and Central Asia$
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Kenneth R. Ross, Daniel Jeyaraj, and Todd M. Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439824

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439824.001.0001

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A Demographic Profile of Christianity in South and Central Asia

A Demographic Profile of Christianity in South and Central Asia

(p.3) A Demographic Profile of Christianity in South and Central Asia
Christianity in South and Central Asia

Gina A. Zurlo

Edinburgh University Press

The religious makeup of a continent has significant implications not only on beliefs and attitudes of a population, but on politics, economics, and a host of other societal issues. The demographic profile of South and Central Asia is very religiously diverse, with six religions over 1% of the region’s population: Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Ethnoreligionists (traditional religion), Buddhists, and Sikhs. Of these six major religions, Hindus are the largest (59% of the region) and Muslims experienced the fastest growth between 1970 and 2015, with 28.7% of the population in 2015. No country in the region holds a majority Christian population, despite its a long history in the region, and in most countries, Christians represent less than 10% of the population. The region is home to historic Catholic and Orthodox Christian communities as well as newer Protestant and Independent groups.

Keywords:   Demography, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism

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