Syrian Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
There is no gambling in Syria. This is because 90% of the population is Muslim. As the official religion of the country, Islam forbids all kinds of gambling and games of chance.
Syria, also known as the Syrian Arab Republic, is located in Southwest Asia and bordered by Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey.
An ancient civilization, Syria can be traced all the way back to the fourth millennium BC. The Syrian city of Damascus was both the provincial capital of the Mamluk Empire and the seat of the Umayyad Empire. Syria gained its independence in 1946.
The country is divided into 14 governorates, which are then further divided into 60 districts. A governor is appointed to rule over each of the governorates, and they are assisted by an elected provincial council.
Major cities in Syria include Aleppo, Latakia, Homs and the capital of Damascus.
Most residents of Syria live along the Euphrates River valley and the coastal plain. For every square mile, there can be found 258 residents. Syrians must attend school from the ages of six to eleven, and the literacy rate in the country is 73.6% for females and 86% for males.
90% of the population is made up of Arabs. This number includes around 400,000 refugees from Palestine. The religion composition of the nation is 90% Muslim, with the rest being comprised of Christians. Almost three-fourths of the Muslim community are Sunnis, while the rest are Alawis, Druze, Isma’ili and Twelver Shi’a.
Arabic is the official language of Syria. Residents with a higher level of education may also speak French or English. In the Kurd inhabited areas of Syria, Kurdish is also frequently spoken.
Syria remains locked in a territorial dispute with Israel over the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights were a part of Syrian national territory until 1967, when the Israelis took control of the Heights in the 6-Day War. Syria remains one of Israel's most implacable foes.
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