The common religions in Lebanon are Christianity and Islam. Christianity dates back to the era of Jesus Christ who preached in the towns of Tyre and Sidon while Islam arrived in the seventh century.
Christianity and Islam are the common religions of Lebanon, whose population stands at 4.3 million, as of 2015. Of the two, Islam is the largest religion at 59.6 percent of the population and is divided into Sunni, Shia and Druze sects. About 0.27 percent of the population is Sunni, 27 percent is Shia and 5 percent is Druze. Christians are 41 percent of the population, with the Maronites being the largest sect at 21 percent. Greek Orthodox are 8 percent while Greek Catholics are 5 percent of the population. In Lebanon, 6.5 percent of the population adheres to smaller Christian denominations such as the Assyrian or Nestorian Church, the Armenian Catholic and Armenian Orthodox Church, the Coptic Church and the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches.