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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Sunni Muslim (60.3%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 yes [Article 7]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 unclear [Article 32]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 25]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1971
Last Amended3 2009
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 September 29, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

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... in an Islamic and Arab community ...

...

Announce to Allah, the Supreme and Almighty ...

May Allah, the best Protector and Defender, grant us success.

Article 6.

The UAE is a part of the greater Arab nation to which the UAE is linked by the ties of religion ...

Article 7.

Islam is the official religion of the UAE. The Islamic Shari’a is a main source of legislation in the UAE. ...

Article 12.

The foreign policy of the UAE shall be directed towards supporting the ... Islamic causes and interests ...

Article 15.

... The fundamental principles on which the family is based are, religion, ethics ...

Article 25.

All persons are equal in law. There shall be no distinction among the citizens of the UAE on the basis of ... faith ...

Article 32.

Freedom to exercise religious worship is guaranteed in accordance with the generally-accepted traditions provided that such freedom is consistent with the public policy or does not violate the public morals.


Sources

1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

3.  Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at support@thearda.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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