Kuwait is a tiny nation that has a strong economy based on oil. It is one of the richest countries in the Arab world. The country has 4,007,000 inhabitants, of whom more than half are immigrants. Kuwaiti society adheres to conservative Islam. Islam prescribes a wide range of rules for personal, family and community life. Kuwaitis find the idea that religion can be separated from social and political life quite incomprehensible. The constitutional provision regarding religious freedom is full of contradictions. On the one hand, it provides for religious freedom, and on the other hand it includes a very restrictive condition stating that the practice of freedom of religion should not violate established customs, public policy or public morals. The government has been using the traditional conservative tribal society of the country to eliminate the liberal and leftist groups and has so far been very successful. In the process, religious minorities, including Christians, have been severely affected.