Bahrain

Bahrain is a relatively small island country in the Middle East. Bahrain occupies a strategic place in the inlet of the Persian Gulf and has been a centre for trade and transportation.

Quick Facts

Population: 1.2 million
Ethnic Groups: Bahraini (46%), non-Bahraini (54%)
Languages: Arabic (official), English, Farsi, Urdu
Religions: Muslim (Shia and Sunni) (81.2%), Christian (9%), other (9.8%)

Bahrainis In Toronto

Bahraini Population:
In Canada: 1,655
In the GTA: 595
In the City of Toronto: 220

The political landscape of Bahrain is being shaped by tensions between the Sunni ruling elites and the Shi'a (which constitutes two-thirds of the indigenous population.) Bahrain has a higher standard of living than most countries near the Persian Gulf, largely as a result of its oil wealth. However, rapid population growth has put a significant amount of strain on water and housing resources. Islam is the official religion. Bahrain's judicial system is based on Islamic law, so women's rights are far behind what they are in North America. Nevertheless, women fare better in Bahrain than in many other Islamic countries; Bahraini women are allowed to vote and run for office. Trying to convert Muslims to another religion is illegal, but expatriate Chrstians (and expatriates of other religions) are free to worship in churches.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.Org

Churches in the GTA

Life In Christ Ministry (LinC)
3150 Pharmacy Avenue
Scarborough, ON
M1W 3J5
Phone: 416-222-7510

 

References: 

Bahrainis. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 76-82). Detroit: Gale.
Retrieved July 10, 2014, from
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Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 23). The World Factbook: Bahrain. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ba.html

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Bahrain. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/geography/Afghanistan-to-Comoros/Bahrain.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Bahrain. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.asp?iso=bh

Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data. Retrieved July 15, 2014, from
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/