Religion in Egypt

Fast Facts and Religious Adherent Statistics
Population 106,437,241 (#14 in world) (2021 est.)
Ethnic Groups Egyptian 99.7%, other 0.3% (2006 est.)
Religions Muslim (predominantly Sunni) 90%, Christian (majority Coptic Orthodox, other Christians include Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, Maronite, Orthodox, and Anglican) (2015 est.)
Islam 90% (2015 est.)
Christianity 10% (2015 est.)

Egypt is a majority Islamic country. Most Egyptian Muslims identify with the Sunni tradition, as do most countries of Islamic majority elsewhere in the Middle East and the world.

The presence of Christianity in Egypt dates back to the time of Christ and there are even traditions of some of the original apostles ministering in Egypt (e.g. Mark the Evangelist). The Christian cross may have been adopted by Egyptian Christians from the ancient Egyptian ankh symbol.


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Title Religion in Egypt
Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
MLA Citation “Religion in Egypt.” 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022. <>