|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa||1.3 million (188,500 Christians)|
|Source of Persecution||Persecution Level|
|Islamic extremism/ dictatorial paranoia||High Persecution|
A large number of expatriate Christians work and live in Bahrain and are relatively free to practise their faith in private places of worship, but evangelising Muslims is illegal. However, believers from a Muslim background (BMBs) face pressure from family members, community leaders and government officials. Bahrain is very influenced by the politics of Saudi Arabia, making it likely that Islamic extremism will increase and pressure on Christians will continue.
Open Doors supports the church in Bahrain by raising prayer and awareness.