516,000 (1995). State of Qatar, Dawlet al-Qatar. Literacy rate 60% to 76%. Also includes Balochi, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu 15,400, from the Philippines 25,000 (1995), Sri Lanka. Data accuracy estimate: B. Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Christian, Hindu. The number of languages listed for Qatar is 3.
ARABIC, GULF SPOKEN (KHALIJI, QATARI, GULF ARABIC) [AFB] 103,600 in Qatar, 56% of the population (1986); 200,000 in Iran; 200,000 in Saudi Arabia; 500,000 in Kuwait; 40,000 in Iraq; 744,000 in UAE; 100,000 in Bahrain; 441,000 in Oman; 10,000 in Yemen; 2,440,000 in all countries (1995). Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic. Dialects: NORTH QATARI ARABIC, SOUTH QATARI ARABIC. Muslim. Survey needed.
ARABIC, STANDARD [ABV] Middle East, North Africa. Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic. Used for education, official purposes, books, newspapers, formal speeches. National language. Braille Scripture in progress. Bible 1984-1991. NT 1980-1982. Bible portions 1984.
FARSI, WESTERN (PERSIAN) [PES] 73,000 in Qatar (1993), 23% of the population (1986); 26,523,000 in all countries. Mainly in Iran. Also in Iraq, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Oman, USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates. Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian, Western, Southwestern, Persian. Muslim. Bible 1838-1995. NT 1815-1979. Bible portions 1546-1965.
Part of the Ethnologue, 13th Edition, Barbara F. Grimes, Editor.
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