The culture of Bahrain is predominantly Arab as well as being Islamic. Thus, Bahrain's culture is similar to that of its neighbours in the Gulf region. In the past two centuries, Bahrain had become largely cosmopolitan, hosting people from a variety of places such as India, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Malaysia and others. Though the state religion is Islam, the country is tolerant towards other religions; Catholic and Orthodox churches, Hindu temples as well as a (now-disused) Jewish synagogue are present on the island.
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